E366: Deb Jones, PhD - Redefining Focus: What Training for Focus Looks Like

What really goes into having a focused dog? Join us for a conversation what it means to train focus — and how we can split a complex behavior down into component parts to build a strong but flexible skillset every sports dog needs.

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E365: Dr. Amy Cook, Crystal Wing, and Erin Lynes - "The Power of Play"

What's the big deal about play, anyway? Join us for a conversation on the benefits of play... and how to tap into your inner child, so both you and your dog can enjoy playing together! 

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E364 - Sharon Carroll - Training & Competing with "Differently Motivated" Dogs

In this episode Sharon and I talk about what engagement looks like for those "differently motivated" dogs and how to handle it when our dog appears to be ignoring our cues. 

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E363: Hélène Lawler - Reliable Distance Downs

Ever wonder how herding dog handlers get those fabulous downs at a distance? Hélène Lawler joins me to talk about building reliable behaviors at a distance... useful whether you want to herd sheep or nail your startline stay and drop on recall!  

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E362: Kelly Daniel - "Wellness and Your Canine Athlete"

Wellness is about both the physical and the emotional being. Today Kelly and I take a deeper look at what that means and what we, as handlers, can do to ensure the wellness of our canine athletes.  

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E361: Irith Bloom - The Role of Choice and Habit in Dog Training

Choice and habit both play a role in our dog training - and if we want to change behavior, it's important to determine which that behavior falls into to create an effective plan. During this episode, Irith and I talk about how to know and what to do!

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E360: Petra Ford - "Training For Engagement"

Engagement and attention are not the same thing — In this episode Petra dives into what training engagement looks like and why it's crucial to compete successfully. 

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E359: Ashley Escobar - Teaching Conformation Skills: What You Need to Know

 Competing in conformation is so much more than running in circles — join me and Ashley for a conversation on the skills it takes to become best in class.

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E358: A Look at FDSA Training Camp!

Ever wondered what to expect at our annual in-person event? This week we'll hear from several people who have attended multiple events about what they love and why they keep coming back. 

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E357: Aleks Woodroffe - "Using Handler Pressure As a Tool in Nosework"

Whether you realize it or not, every time you and your dog step to the line handler pressure will play a role in the search. So, how can you use it to your advantage? Aleks and I discuss exactly that in this episode of the podcast!

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E356 - Dr. Sue Yanoff: What To Do When Something Goes Wrong with Our Sports Dogs

When your dog comes up lame, when is it time to worry that it may be something serious? What do you do if your general practice vet doesn't seem concerned... but you know there's something wrong? What should you do to chase down a diagnosis? Sue and I chat about all that and more in this week's episode.

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E355: Heather Lawson - The Concept of Duration

 Duration is about so much more than just a sit or down stay! Join us for a conversation on how teaching duration as a concept makes it easier to generalize to new behaviors.

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E354: Junior Handlers in Agility with Sasha Zitter, Benah Stiewing, McKenzie Minto

Boundless Junior Agility Company or BJAC exists to support junior agility handlers — join us for a conversation about the future of the sport, how you can lend your support, and what challenges junior handlers face that may be overlooked by other competitors.

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E353: Loretta Mueller - Getting Started in Agility

 Ever wondered what key foundation information is essential to getting a good start in agility? In this episode Loretta and I talk about exactly that — including a look at some of the terminology that it's easy for beginners to get tripped up on!

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E352: Laurie Huston - "Commitment in Agility"

 What is commitment? How do we teach our dogs to understand when to go and when to pay more attention to our cues? Laurie and I talk about that and more in this week's episode of the podcast.

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E351: Sara Brueske - "Building Controlled Behaviors in Sports Dogs"

Ever wondered how leading trainers can take a dog that is all about the "GO" and balance it out with beautiful focus and control? In this episode Sara and I chat about her approach to building a dog with the skills for both action and control. 

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E350: Erin Lynes - Teaching Polite Greetings

Have a dog who is a bit TOO enthusiastic about saying hello? In this episode Erin and I talk about what you can do. 

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E349: Irith Bloom - Dealing with Feelings

Fear of the vacuum. Barking out the window. A dog that struggles with grooming. Handling the seemingly unfounded feelings our dogs sometimes have about certain things can be complex; join Irith and I as we talk about the training tools and techniques we can use to change the behaviors we see and relieve those feelings. 

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E348: Kelly Daniel - Beyond the Basics: Getting Geeky About Fitness

Canine Fitness is one of those topics that can become as sophisticated as you want to make it! Today Kelly and I talk about what it's like to get geeky about fitness. 

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E347: Deb Jones, PhD, Crystal Wing & Nicole Wiebusch - How Do You Get a Focused Dog?

Join us for a panel discussion all about focus! What IS it? How do you train it? And what do we do if our dog doesn't seem to have it? 

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