Last week, I was fortunate enough to be able to make the seven hour trek to sunny, southern California to teach a "Drive Development for Competitive Dog Sports" workshop.
The workshop, co-hosted by Independent Ringers South (IRS) and Maximum Power Kennels (Kraig Guay), was organized by long time sports friend Kadi Thingvall of Dantero Kennels. Kadi did a fabulous job of putting this workshop together in short order. With just a month of lead time the workshop was well attended, and well organized. The facility grounds in Valley Center proved to be a perfect venue, with manicured lawn grass and plenty of shaded parking. It is one of those fields dog trainers just drool over!
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by Tami McLeod on 11/04/14
Introducing the Hold Exercise in the Retrieve – Part 1
In nearly every dog sport discipline involving obedience the retrieve is a necessary component of the routine, and in many cases highly weighted in the overall score. As with every exercise, a solid foundation is key to developing fast and accurate retrieves. Just as important is the dog’s ability to display a quiet “hold” of the retrieve object, free of mouthing, while maintaining correct position (generally in the front position). I hope to share a few of the training tools in my tool box relative to laying the foundation of the formal obedience retrieve applicable to not only French Ringsport, but also IPO (formerly Schutzhund), AKC/UKC obedience, etc. Continue reading “Introducing the Hold Exercise in the Retrieve – Part 1” »
by Tami McLeod on 01/13/15
In nearly all competitive training venues there is a “Go Out” or “Send Away” exercise. I would like to take a moment to share a brief overview of how I prefer to teach this exercise and why.
Many years ago when I was trialing one of my very first IPO dogs I was inspired to examine the common methodology of training a send out. My dog at the time, a temperamental little Malinois named “Filo”, often times lacked the desire to run down field to a strategically placed toy reward. After a couple of National Championship trials attended, and point losses accrued, I decided to step outside the traditional Schutzhunder’s training tool box and look to other venues to improve my methodology. I would say a series of blunders forced me to take a cold, hard look at the traditional send out method, and break the exercise down into minute increments. Continue reading “Teaching a Go Out” »