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Fun & Handy Tricks


Click to Be Fit: Fun Canine Fitness Training

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:39:55 +0000

Want to try some fun and games?


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Holiday Hide and Seek with Your Dog!

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000

Experienced dog owners and trainers often note that every dog needs a job. A dog with something meaningful to do rarely gets himself into trouble.

Hunting for clothespins is a task that is easy to teach, and gives your dog the opportunity to solve a problem and complete a significant job. Once the behavior is trained, it's something you can do every day without breaking a sweat or putting aside much time, yet your dog will work really hard and will finish the exercise happy and satisfied.


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How to Use an Agility Table for Fun or Sport

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:58:05 +0000

Table tribute


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Rally-FrEe: A Fun New Sport

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:42:45 +0000

Intriguing mix of learning and fun

Have you ever wished that you and your dog had as much fun competing in the ring as in training? Or, have you ever wished that your dog could cut loose and perform favorite tricks right in the middle of a competition, instead of repeating the same old exercises? A new dog sport where foundation training supports many of the other activities you do with your dog could be the answer. Try Rally-FrEe! (It's pronounced "rally free!")


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Mission Impossible? How to Train "Never Ever" Behaviors

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:00:00 +0000

There is a popular term used on the Yahoo Training Levels group: "never ever" behaviors. This refers to seemingly impossible behaviors that the trainer thinks will "never ever" be trained. The funny thing is, they almost always end up being achieved!

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101 Things to Do with a Box

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:00:00 +0000

101 Things to do with a Box: A Good Exercise for an Older, Suspicious, or Previously Trained Dog

This training game is derived from a dolphin research project in which I and others participated: "The creative porpoise: training for novel behavior," published in the Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior in 1969. It has become a favorite with dog trainers. It's especially good for "crossover" dogs with a long history of correction-based training, since it encourages mental and physical flexibility and gives the dog courage to try something on its own.

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How to Train Your Dog to Find a Lost Pet

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 19:44:29 +0000

Editor’s note: You may have heard of search and rescue dogs that find people, but there are search and rescue dogs that find pets, too!

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What? Train a Rabbit?

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 14:00:00 +0000

Rabbits are furry and lovable, of course; quirky and silly, sometimes; full of energy and mischief, undoubtedly; but trainable? You bet! You're probably training your rabbit without even realizing it. Is he litter-box trained? Does he come to see you when you go to his cage? Then you've already taken your first steps.

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How to Teach Your Dog Left and Right

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:00:00 +0000

This is a fun exercise that is handier than it seems at first. You'll set up two targets at a distance, and teach your dog to go to either target—left or right—on cue. Later, you will set up similar exercises to bring more general meaning to the cues "left" or "right."

A dog that understands "left" and "right" has a terrific skill for many competition venues including agility, herding, mushing, water dog, and retrieving. This understanding would also be handy walking on trails—and service dog owners could think of a dozen or more applications for "left" and "right."


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How to Train Your Dog to Play Soccer

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:10:00 +0000

Here's a trick that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser—and your dog will have good fun with it, too! Teach your dog how to play soccer (or "football" if you prefer).

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Click Your Cat to Better Behavior!

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:12:01 +0000

Don’t believe everything you hear about cats!

 Myths and legends have been spun around cats ever since people started sharing their world with them.

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Training a Steadfast Recall

Sun, 01 May 2011 15:00:00 +0000

A recall can save your dog's life. It can stop her from running in front of a car, or from chasing an animal into the woods. It can call your dog away from a tempting but dangerous delicacy she has just discovered.

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Train Your Bunny to Sit in an Easter Basket

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 15:00:00 +0000

Enjoy spring with a real Easter Bunny—yours! Here's how to train your rabbit to climb into a basket and stay there, as excerpted from Getting Started: Clicking with your Rabbit by Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin.

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Making the Most of Mealtime

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:00:00 +0000

What is your dog’s favorite time of the day? For my dogs, it’s mealtime! If I had my dogs rank their favorite things on a scale of 1-10, I’m sure eating would be a 15.

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Exercising an Active Dog, Right at Home

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:00:00 +0000

Here's a quick clicker trick that gives dogs a lot of exercise without wearing out a person—useful when an owner's mobility is impaired, or if you're short on recreational space. Also useful for shelters and kennels.

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