Recent Blog Posts


Puzzling Part 2

By Rick Pisani / December 2, 2019

Here is another idea for a homemade puzzle toy. I used some old egg cartons to create a slow feeder. You can use kibble or and kind of hard treat. Mixing the food up makes the puzzle more interesting and intriguing for your dog. Be sure to always exercise caution when using materials that dogs…

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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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Puzzling – Part 1

By Rick Pisani / November 21, 2019

Boxes, bags, egg cartons and paper would normally wind up in the trash. You can use these disposal items to make homemade puzzle toys for your dogs. This is the first video from my series on “Puzzling”, a concept introduced by the extraordinary trainer Sarah Stremming from her Worked Up seminars and classes. This is the “enrichment”…

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Focus Forward for the Stand for Exam

By Rick Pisani / November 14, 2019

This is a wonderful way to teach a dog that is overly friendly, sensitive, shy or cautious of strangers. It gives them something to do while a judge in doing the Stand for Exam in Novice and Utility. It makes the action of the approach predictable and reliable. Using this method will add a big…

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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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How to use a Scratch Board

By Rick Pisani / December 5, 2018

How to make and use a Scratch Board to maintain your dog’s nails. This is a fantastic alternative to nail clipping. It helps those dogs that hate to have their nails enjoy or tolerate the process.

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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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Beginning Perch Training

By Rick Pisani / November 16, 2018

Teaching your dog to get on a perch. Perches are used for rear end awareness and teaching heel positon.

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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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