Muzzles

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MUZZLES

In many countries of Europe the law requires that when pet owners walk their dogs in public their dogs must be fitted with a
muzzle. They are not “bad dogs” but ordinary dogs and are trained to wear muzzles with complete acceptance much as they would a collar and leash. This is to protect the general public from a provoked or unprovoked attack by a dog.

All dogs have the potential to bite irrespective of their temperament. Some will bite when handled by a stranger and some when
their territory has been invaded. A muzzle can also be a life saver if a dog has a serious injury and in pain and needs to be treated by a vet. Such a dog cannot be handled without biting the handlers. Read the rest of this entry »

Heel 2 competition heeling

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HEEL ON LEAD:
What the rulebook says. In obedience tests the dog is expected to sit and move smartly on the handler’s working side and at the pace of the handler. The right shoulder of the dog should be level and about 100 – 150mm (4 – 6 inches) from the left knee of the handler. This position should be maintained throughout the exercise, except the about turn when the dog must move behind the handler’s legs and return to the original heel position. The main feature of the Heel exercise is the ability of the dog to work with its handler as a team. Read the rest of this entry »

Recall

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What the rulebook says:
The handler stands at a spot indicated by the judge/steward with the dog in the heel position. When he is ready, he is ordered to “leave the dog.” The handler now commands the dog to “stay,” steps off on his right foot and moves to a spot as indicated by the judge/steward. (In Beginners and Novice Class the handler stands directly in front of the dog and facing it. In Class A the order to Recall the dog may be given at any time after he handler has left the dog and while moving in any direction as ordered by the judge/steward.) Read the rest of this entry »

Retrieve

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Many handlers are exasperated by the lack of interest their dogs show in retrieving, especially also since the dog refuses to take or carry anything in its mouth. Making use of a clicker may be the best way to solve the problem because the clicker enables you to MARK THE MOMENT of success. You take a “Photo” (Click) of that moment and the dog is rewarded for his efforts instead of being punished for not performing. 

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Scent Discrimination

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Description of Exercise:
The dog, on command, must select by scent and retrieve a scented cloth that has been handled by its Handler or the Judge and is placed (with tongs) amongst up to a maximum of 9 (nine) other cloths, which should be handled, for a short time, by the steward before placing them in any pattern, but they must be about 18″ ( 500mm) apart. Handler and dog must be faced away when the judge’s/decoy steward’s/handler’s articles are being placed about five metres away from the dog and handler.

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Send Away, Drop & Recall

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What the rule book says:
Class B: The handler will stand with his dog in the heel position and on command will send his dog forward about 20m to a marker and command the dog into the down position. When the dog is down the handler will be ordered to recall his dog or to move as directed and then recall the dog while he is moving and continue with the dog until ordered to halt. The dog must remain in the down position until recalled and then move smartly and directly to the handler.

Class C: The exercise is performed in the same manner as for Class B. The dog will be sent to a spot discreetly marked so that it is readily visible to the handler but not easily identifiable by the dog.

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Distance Control

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In this exercise the handler is placed at least ten paces in front of and facing his dog. The dog can be in the sit, down or stand position. On the order of the judge/steward, the handler will give the following six instructions to his dog in any sequence the judge may desire:

Stand“, “Sit“, “Down“, “Stand“, “Sit“, “Down“.

The handler may command his dog to follow these instructions either by spoken command or by signal and with or without the use of the dog’s name.  During the execution of this exercise the dog may not move more than his body length in any direction. This can be a very difficult exercise because the dog must remain on the same spot. Care must be taken that the dog does not develop bad habits that remained unchecked. The French place their dogs on a tree stump or small table to overcome this problem. Some trainers place objects in front of the dog or stand it on a landing or terrace edge. Standing in front of the dog when this exercise was first introduced is possibly the main reason for the forward movement of the dog.

The dog should have been trained to immediately obey the “Sit” and “Down” commands and must know the “Stand” command before distance control is attempted. Distance control is taught in different stages that need to be mastered before commencing to the next stage.

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Breaking up a dog fight

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HOW TO BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT (Without getting hurt)

Dog-dog aggression is awful to witness, but it is the way dogs settle their disputes, dominance and whatever.
We do not know why a group of nicely socialised dogs that sees and work next to each other week after week will suddenly go for each other on an occasion. When dogs do not like each other that is the way they behave. It is also not correct to think that females fight less than males. I fact, female on female aggression is possibly more common than we would like to admit. Males and females seldom fight. Read the rest of this entry »

Heel for competition

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What the rulebook says. In obedience tests the dog is expected to sit and move smartly on the handler’s working side and at the pace of the handler. The right shoulder of the dog should be level and about 100 – 150mm (4 – 6 inches) from the left knee of the handler. This position should be maintained throughout the exercise, except the about turn when the dog must move behind the handler’s legs and return to the original heel position. The main feature of the Heel exercise is the ability of the dog to work with its handler as a team.

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Retrieve – Compulsive Method

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I’m amazed at the number of owners who tell me, “My dog won’t retrieve. I give up!” I usually respond by saying, “Let me try.” With the aid of a squeaky toy or quoits ring I soon can get the dog, not only interested in the article, but also to carry it for a while. Having demonstrated how it is done, I send the delighted owner away to get a similar article and train the dog. One week later they return to report that they did not have the time to purchase the specific toy their dog was willing to retrieve. In this case retrieve may be an owner/trainer problem. The “play method”which is rarely successful with adult dogs should be introduced during puppy training so that the puppy can associate Retrieving with pleasure.

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