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Training a Stop Whistle A Quick 3-Step Place Board Exercise Googling sunset times to plan my training timetable, I realised it would be a good idea to share one of my favourite quick but powerful Place Board Training exercises that you can find time to do before it gets dark or in a well-lit area.Teaching that a “pip” on the whistle means STOP using a Place Board Toss food out behind your dog, and "pip" as they return and sit on the Place Board. Add distance between you and the Place Board by taking a step away from the platform...

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Delivery to hand: gundog retriever training In gundog training, ‘delivery to hand’ describes the ideal pattern for a dog’s return after picking a retrieve. The aim is for them to come right to you and keep the item in their mouth until you can take hold of it with your hand. Delivery to hand can go wrong when a dog doesn’t want to come back with its prize. This can happen for lots of reasons such as being excited or worried that the fun will end. To resolve any unwanted behaviours you're currently dealing with one method to try is...

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Working with working breed dogs that have the instinct to chase and hunt I often hear owners say they have a dog with perfect recall UNTIL they have something in their mouth they shouldn't have! Sound familiar? Solution: I approach this problem by teaching dogs what they should do when they pick things up instead by training a reliable recall with retrieves using Place Boards.   First, teach your dog a rock-solid retrieve pattern. Then, progressively ramp up how exciting the retrieve article is. This allows your dog to rehearse coming back when called no matter the temptation. For example, starting...

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What are position boxes? Position boxes for dogs are also known as dog training boxes, shaping boxes or obedience boxes. Made from Marine plywood and topped with rubber, means they are weather resistant for long life. Finger joints provide strength and sturdiness to the position box meaning it is suited to supporting even the largest of dog breeds. Hand holds come as standard for ease of movement around your training ground   Why do dog trainers use a box? The dimensions of the box encourage a straight posture and limit movement. They are commonly used in obedience circles to sharpen...

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You ask for a sit-staybut as soon as you move your dog gets up?There are a couple of things that could be happening… and here are the fixes!  The dog has learnt that all the good stuff happens near you, so follow you to stay within the drop zone! FIX: Counter this by teaching that a training platform like a Place Board is a hotspot for rewards and building value being seated on the target. We aim to teach that when you say“OK” that’s a cue for your dog that ‘the behaviour is finished’ and that they can get out of a...

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