Dumbbell hold with the “Chin Rest”

By Rick Pisani / November 21, 2019

Establishing a good hold with your dumbbell is an important foundation exercise for Competition Obedience. This method enables the dog to understand the hold by shaping the “Chin Rest”. The “hold” now allows your dog to make the right choice and understand the concept of “hold”.

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How to Fade Props for “Fronts”

By Rick Pisani / October 10, 2019

Using props such as platforms, perches and gates are a great way to help your dog understand what they need to do in order to sit straight! The big issue is most of us use the same piece of equipment too much. This causes a problem when we remove the prop. The idea is to “use…

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By Rick Pisani / November 29, 2018

“Statics” created by Kamal Fernadez refers to teaching a dog Heel position with attention in a stand. A sustained hand touch is used to keep the dogs head up in position. This will become a powerful aid to the dog as you teach heelwork.

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Leg Chute Fronts

By Rick Pisani / November 28, 2018

Adjusting a crooked front before it happens can be very useful. This technique requires no props. Just you and your dog. It will help your dog to learn how to adjust his body before coming into a sit front.

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Clicker Basics

By Rick Pisani / November 5, 2018

Learning to “Shape” a behavior with a clicker is a great way to expand your training toolbox. By allowing your dog to offer behaviors and make correct choices creates confidence and commitment to their training. This video will help give you the foundation techniques to get started.

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How to introduce footwork while walking your dog.

By Rick Pisani / May 23, 2018

Now that your dog is walking on a loose leash how can you add physical cues? These cues will help the dog understand where you are going and how they should follow you. Foot cues are a way to standardize the help we give our dogs when heeling in competition obedience or just out for…

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