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7 things that make lab fed up

7 things our scentwork dog wished we didn’t do! And how to avoid them.

Scentwork is teamwork. Working as part of a team requires vigilance to ensure that we are working efficiently. Checking in with our teammates and assessing our contribution is part of the process. This is no different when our teammate is a dog. Here are 7 of the most common ways that we can mess up …

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Knowledge, fear, joy, worry. Why do I do this job?!

Cliches become cliches for a reason. ‘Say yes to the things that scare you’ is a great example. And one that I believe in. And experience frequently. I get the same mix of fear and excitement each time I’m asked to speak at an event. My first thought is always ‘I can’t do that’. I …

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How to enhance your training using creative reward strategies

“If you use food as a reward in dog training your dog will never respect you.” “Your dog will only work when you have food in your hand.” “You will be bribing the dog.” “The dog must work because he loves you.” Good student Yes, when I started dog training 40 years ago, these were …

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