Monthly Archives: November 2011

Significant Improvement

This past weekend, I had planned on finishing up Risa’s RA title in AKC rally. Having done some APDT rally earlier this year, I discovered that Risa does actually enjoy competing in rally. It’s just the show environment that is … Continue reading

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Just What We Needed

With the date of our next rally trial fast approaching, I’ve been spending a lot of time working with Risa on her focus exercises. We’ve spent almost 2 months now working on focus at heel, fronts, and other rally behaviors. … Continue reading

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The Good

Despite numerous setbacks and still being unsure of what to do to help Risa, I never gave up. I constantly sought new information from friends, dog trainers, and books. We were making steady progress. I can remember the first day … Continue reading

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The Bad

Finally, the lightbulb went off. I spoke to several online friends who had experienced similar behaviors with their dogs. One recommended I read Fiesty Fido by Patricia McConnell. I ordered it immediately and started trying to implement some of her … Continue reading

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The Ugly

The other day, I was thinking about all the things I tried over the years to improve Risa’s reactivity around other dogs. Some of the things I tried were ‘ugly’ and I wish I hadn’t done them at all. Others … Continue reading

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