Obedience and Life Skills

Puppy Learning, Foundation Skills, Canine Good Citizen Levels, Recall, Loose Leash Walking, Tricks, 

This is a positive training solution for teaching, reinforcing and inspiring real world manners in your dog. The techniques are designed to reward and motivate not only your dog, but you and whoever assists you. No matter how many human or canine members you have in your household, you can enjoy playing the games in the course and teach your dog how to live in your world at the same time.

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Playing Obedience  
All the basics of obedience behaviors done our way with Structure Games and Canine Game Theory.


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Play Your Way Games Book
More important than structured vs. unstructured play is to ask whether the activity holds your dog's full attention. When your dog is fully engaged in an activity, she is arranging and absorbing meaning. She's finding reward in the act of understanding. She's enjoying figuring it out, whether the "it"—the activity— is structured or unstructured.

Structured play has a set of rules with specific objectives. Most games fall under the category of structured play: card games, board games and classic outdoor games like fetch and tug and more complex games like agility, flyball and dock diving are all structured activities. Getting the treats out of a puzzle toy is a structured activity. So is following directions to sit, down or come. Generally speaking, when your dog is engaging in structured play, she is seeking the most efficient way to achieve pre-existing objectives.

Puppy Learning Games 
Who can fathom the mind of a puppy? Squirrels drive them crazy, garbage is their favorite snack and immediately after chewing your one-of-a-kind, handmade leather jacket into confetti, they can give you a look of such innocent love and adoration that you forget all about it. This kind of behavior can baffle and frustrate even the most conscientious of dog owners. When you bring a puppy home, she becomes part of your family; you need to be able to trust her with your home, your belongings and even your children. Managing your puppy's behavior is the key to having a peaceful and loving relationship with her.

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Home Helper Hound
Imagine if our dogs can help us around the house. With our dogs doing the chores, life would be so much easier, right? Some trainers say we should give our dogs jobs in order to solve their behavior issues, and in reality, that is pretty much exactly what you should do. However, putting on a backpack and adding a jar of pickles for weight is not a "job"; it does not challenge the dog in anyway except physically.

Dogs’ roles in society, which in the last 100 years became more of a companion then a partner, are again expanding. But you can easily train your dog to help you around the house just like assistance dogs are trained.

Foundation Skills - Before Obedience Can Happen
Foundational skills are the fundamental, portable skills that are essential to conveying and receiving information that is critical to training and real world success. These skills are fundamental in that they serve as a basis—the foundation—for supporting additional behaviors/tasks and learning. They are portable because, rather than being task specific, they can be applied at some level across a wide variety of behaviors. 

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Canine Game Theory™ is still evolving. It now covers not only basic obedience, but foundation behaviors for dealing with a human world, behavior modification for shy dogs, aggressive and reactive dogs, snake avoidance, prey drive, and (my favorite) service, therapy and assistance dogs.

Canine Game Theory™ is easy to teach to new clients, both the furry and the skin type. The learning curve is nearly non-existent. You just play games. But the thing with teaching something new is that it takes COURAGE! It takes the same courage that astronauts have, top athletes, innovators in all walks of life and the person who starts a corner café in the middle of a war torn country.

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Taking A Walk
Four legged animals move in natural rhythm, without it they would trip over their own feet more often than not. Some dogs are designed to have very efficient movement that serves the long distance purpose with minimum loss of energy, and others can go for shorter distances with a more stylised action. Some dogs have one at the front end and the other at the back! But hey, each is still in balance.

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It Came Out Of Nowhere! - Handling Distractions
Distractions (things which move our focus and attention away) are everywhere. Like motivators, distractions are the basis of movement and seeding goals, resources and results.

This book is going to teach you how to immunize your dog before you even start thinking about proofing behaviors or getting fluency. Imagine that upon entering a new space, your dog has the skills to investigate and familiarize himself with all that is there and with minimal stress. Imagine that your dog, after having done this investigation, turns to you and says "Let's work!!!"

Life Without A Leash
Have you ever called your young dog and he goes the other way? Recall, or "Come when called" training is vital to keeping your dog safe at the beach, in your yard, at the dog park or even around home. Come and enjoy some time with your dog while increasing the probability that your dog will come to you each and every time you call.

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Household Manners
This is a positive training solution for teaching, reinforcing and inspiring real world manners in your dog. The techniques are designed to reward and motivate not only your dog, but you and whoever assists you. No matter how many human or canine members you have in your household, you can enjoy playing the games in the course and teach your dog how to live in your world at the same time.

Control Yourself
Every dog is able to handle a certain amount of stressful challenge, and every dog can be in a situation that exceeds their capacities.

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Obedience Basics
Our obedience program has 5 levels. The first 3 levels are basic to advanced obedience. This is necessary for all  dogs. This booket covers Levels 1, 2 and 3.

These 3 levels correspond to the AKC Canine Good Citizen program and the APDT Canine Life and Social Skills Program.  Both sets of exams can be passed doing the exercises in this book.

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Training the Retrieve
Retrieve is used in competitive sports and in daily life. It is useful as well as a fun and interactive game for you and your dog.

The retrieve behavior is part of your dog’s natural instincts as part of the hunt. Bringing food back to the puppies was a necessary part of canid life. I try to include as many of these behaviors as possible, structured to fit in our human world, so that the dog not only loves the activity, but needs it. 

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Camping With A Canine
Camping with dogs enhances the adventure. Their joy continually reminds us to drink in the moment. Camping is an amazing way for you and your dog to experience solitude. This program covers camping of all levels and all vehicles and whether you are a full time BoonDocker or a weekend warrior.

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