Training Tips

Training Tip Tuesday- Beginning Relationship Development


This weeks training tip illustrates how to build confidence for a puppy on a training table. By building the puppy’s confidence, you also build trust and ultimately a positive relationship. The Relationship Development is a long and gradual process on the table but it will pay you back many times over down the road when going through more advanced training.

Beginning Heeling


Todd demonstrates an easy way to develop the heeling behavior without pulling forward or back on a leash. Watch as Sasquatch chooses to give the desired behavior of generalized heeling. It will be an easy transition to formal heeling at a later time.

Using The Clicker!


The clicker is a valuable training tool to shape behaviors. Before it can be used effectively, it must be paired with a known reward. Todd shows how we pair the clicker to food treats prior to using the clicker to shape desired behaviors.

Responding To The Doorbell!


Does your dog jump at the door when someone arrives? Is it rambunctious at the excitement of a guest? It is much easier to teach your dog a behavior you want than to teach it not to do a behavior it is already doing. In this clip from Training Tip Tuesday, Todd shows how even a young puppy can learn to be a good citizen when the doorbell rings!

Teaching Kennel!


Watch as Sarah goes through the various steps of T.R.I.P. to start a young puppy in the teaching of the Kennel command. Sarah finishes the teaching by   illustrating the finished and polished response with her personal Gundog Indie.

Don’t Reward An Unwanted Behavior!


Todd shows many possible behaviors Maggie will offer to avoid doing what is asked. The reward that Maggie wants is Todd’s attention/touch. He illustrates how important it is to only reward the exact behavior that he wants and to not accept a less “clean” response from the dog.

Teach Your Dog To Be A Problem Solver!


If you train to a high expectation, you can get the dog to solve problems and correct to provide the desired behavior.

Does Your Dog Know What You Think It Knows?


Today’s tip focuses on recognizing what your dog actually knows. Often times, we are convinced the dog knows something when it does not, or in a particular situation, it does not. Be sure you teach and your dog understands what it is you are trying to convey. Does your dog know the verbal command or does it understand only the body language?

Cocker Puppies Running In The Field With Birds

Here are 3 young cocker puppies finding, flushing and retrieving birds in the field. Keep everything fun and exciting for the young pups.


T - Teach The Task

R - Reward The Behavior

I - Increase The Expectation

P - Polish The Behavior Through Repetition