Category Archives: Canine Freestyle

She Needs You

Many years ago, Risa and I trained with a group of freestylers on Friday nights. It was an informal gathering where we we able to work on our routines and get feedback from fellow canine dancers. We all took turns … Continue reading

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Measuring Success

Blue ribbons and trophies aren’t the only ways to measure success. Especially if you have a fearful dog. Or a reactive dog. Or a dog who is easily aroused. Each dog is an individual and you should judge him based … Continue reading

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Quit

I love shaping. I love that it makes our dogs really think about what they’re doing. I love that it makes me a better trainer because I have to watch for small changes and not ask for too much all … Continue reading

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The Power of the Dance

Last night was the final night of my canine musical freestyle class. This is the class I have waited 3 years to teach and the first class I have ever taught. It was an amazing 8 weeks. There was not … Continue reading

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Give It All You Got

Our last competition left me feeling a bit down on myself. I felt like I’d let Risa down because we hadn’t prepared well enough. While she does enjoy adding her own flair to the routine, she does much better when … Continue reading

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