There are No Shortcuts

There are No Shortcuts

A good trial is a sum of all of the parts. What I mean by that is that everything really needs to be in place in order to have the best possible outcome. Sometimes that happens, and sometimes it doesn’t! At the same time, the “yeah well’s” will...
The Power of Predictability and Routine

The Power of Predictability and Routine

Predictability is the outcome of routine. Predictability also has the wonderful side effect of lowering stress! If you have a dog who is prone to stressing either up or down, a routine is an essential element of managing that stress. What else does predictability do...
Keeping a Balance with Known vs. Blind Hides

Keeping a Balance with Known vs. Blind Hides

Every hide has a purpose. A well balanced training program includes both Known and Blind hides. The success of your training may depend on how much of each you do! The balance between Known and Blind Hides depends on your point in training and the training challenges...
Train for Quality, Don’t Train for a Level

Train for Quality, Don’t Train for a Level

So you titled in a level? It can be temping to train for the level that you CAN enter rather than training for the QUALITY of your dog’s searching skills. I see this phenomenon more in AKC handlers than I do with NACSW handlers. That is not a judgement, more of...
Clear Criteria Creates Confidence

Clear Criteria Creates Confidence

Think back to a project that you were assigned at work or at school. Can you think of one? Was your assignment vague or was it clear? Did it have buzzwords in your objectives like “improve customer experience” or “enhance employee engagement”?...