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  • 💭 Current mood: G R A T I T U D E
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🎁 Heading up to Sydney to support Alex and Ace has only been made possible by the understanding and contribution of many people...and I’m very present to that.
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🎞 I’m almost certainly as guilty as the next human of failing to pause to feel and/or express gratitude, so figured I’d go with the flow and share this.
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🗣 Shout out in the comments if you’re lucky enough to have great people around you - and feel free to name and fame them!
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  • ✈️ This Sunday I’ll be away in Sydney at the Working K9 Club Inc. Trial.
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🏆 This time around I’m not competing, but I’m making the trip to support Alex and Ace in their very first trialling experience.
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😉 I’m quietly confident that the pair will be successful - and were I not, as a coach, I wouldn’t suggest they enter.
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🏋️‍♀️ Alex and Ace have put in the work, done the hours, done the reps, made the sacrifices…now they’ve earned the opportunity to put that hard work to the test.
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📝 And that’s what it is - a test, a chance to find out where things stand and what may need improvement.
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🤷‍♂️ So all that said, I couldn’t care less what the actual result is.
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👊 I respect the work, and I’m proud of their hustle.
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💪 I’m going to be proud as punch of these two no matter what the outcome - in no small part because I know how far they’ve come together.
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🗣 So if you’re at the trial and you can’t find me to say hi, just listen out because I’ll be the one clapping and hollering loudest for Alex and Ace.
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  • 🎓 Understandably most folks to focus on developing formal commands with their pups (and older dogs)
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👀 Something that gets overlooked all too often is the ability to ‘make attraction’ - to be able to excite your dog, arouse his attention, and create an interest in you that competes strongly with other things going on in the world.
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🔎 These CLUES (as opposed to cues) should be fairly predictable, but not necessarily formalised.
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💤 Of course, if you’re as boring as bat sh!t to your dog then this is going to be more difficult - and the same can be the case in older dogs with a strong history of getting higher quality reinforcement from the environment than the owner can compete with.
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🗣Equally, if you’re constantly babbling words at your dog then how the heck is the dog expected to pay attention to the CLUES you offer (or your verbal cues for that matter)? If somebody says very little, but what they do say tends to be very important…then we tend to listen more closely…and dogs seem to be no different in this regard.
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🧠 With puppies, you have the chance to set this up with a blank slate - talk about a wonderful opportunity, right?
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💪 These informal CLUES can become so very valuable part of building great performance with your dog into the future - they can help you navigate tricky situations, stack the balance of the outcome in your favour, and act as a barometer of how much influence you have over your dog at a given moment.
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🐕 What CLUES do you use for your puppy?
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  • 🌞 Another day, another training element to focus on for Boogie.
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💡 One of the skills we worked on today is Boogie putting his nose on a washer.
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🥈 Predominantly I like to free shape this skill, and here you can see our second session together working on this.
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👃 This skill later becomes the end aspect of hunting for a washer with scent imprinted on it, which  potential flow on to his tracking and scent detection work as well as providing a very useful way to manage Boogie and maintain various elements of his training.
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📺 If you’d like to see the full 6min session, please head on over to our YouTube channel via the link in our bio…and don’t forget to hit the SUBSCRIBE button whilst you’re there!
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  • 🧠 So many questions from folks about how I introduce and integrate Boogie with my older dogs, Snap and Kana.
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🏋️‍♀️ You’ve all seen a bunch of the ground work that I’ve put in, and in the recent Q&A posted to YouTube I shared about that in further depth.
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🥇 Here you can see the first *formal* session in making sure that I will have strong influence over Boogie’s behaviour - even (and especially) in high arousal states.
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💡 It’s so, so important to build these foundations of control into all dogs, but even more so a working dog...after all, this stuff is an integral part of keeping K9s (and members of the public) safe when dogs deploy in very complex, highly stimulating  environments.
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🎞 This is only a short clip, but the full session with explanation will soon be up and live on YouTube for those of you that are interested to view.
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🙏 Of course, when you head over to our YouTube channel please take a moment to SUBSCRIBE.
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  • 🔎 Something a little different to share with you guys today - some ‘extra’ work for Boogie that took place yesterday.
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🥩 Why was it ‘extra’? Well, because the little bugger is growing like a weed and I needed something to teach him to give him more calories!
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💈So I chose the touch pole - it’s a ripper exercise with a ton of potential carryover into other areas of his development.
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👃The idea is that Boogs will target the small ball at the end of the pole, press his nose to it, and hold it there indefinitely. •
🚪 Working a door seam, to heel work, to article indications, fronts, etc. can all be trained and/or problem solved by extending this method into those skills.
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🎞 It’s Boogies very first session, and I was very glad I was able to catch it for you - though I must admit filming was an afterthought so I didn’t pick an ideal area.
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⬆️ If you’d like to see the full clip then head on over to our FB page - the link is in our bio.
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😉 I hope you enjoy it as much as Boogie and I did.
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  • 🎞 Another clip from our #lifeofboogie Q&A.
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⬆️ It’s up and live on our YouTube channel (link in bio).
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⏰ Sorry for the delay folks!
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  • 💡 It’s done, and posted online - all the answers to your questions about raising and training Boogie.
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🧠 There were some fantastic and very well considered questions amongst the bunch.
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🙏 Thanks to those submitted questions via IG and FB. I did my very best to properly address each of them a full and meaningful way. •
✅ If I missed the mark on one of more of them - I’ll get you next time around…same goes for those that missed out on asking a question that was important to them.
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🎬 The shorter video that you see is a simple excerpt from the larger video, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel - and don’t forget to smash the SUBSCRIBE button whilst you’re there! •
**Tech issue with upload, will be up tomorrow** •
❤️ To those of you that are following along with Boogie’s journey - know that we appreciate you.
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