Posts in Sports
Getting Your Primitive Dog Started in Agility!

When thinking of fun dog training opportunities for our dogs, one sport in particular has become extremely popular – the sport of dog agility.  I like this activity for primitive dogs especially because it involves both mental and physical exercise, of which my dogs have plenty to burn!  You do not need a ton of space to get some good work done, and best of all, you don’t have to compete to have a blast with your dog and develop teamwork.

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Exercise Your Primitive Dog with Canicross!

Exercising your primitive dog is easier than you may think. Many owners feel frustrated when they don’t have access to large off-leash areas where their dogs can run safely. But you don’t need an off-leash area to run your dogs. Canicross - the sport of dog powered running - gets you and your dog out enjoying the outdoor and burning a ton of energy in the process.

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Take to the Trails! How to Prepare for Long Hikes with your Primitive Pal

Do you and your primitive dog enjoy hiking on the trails? Ever had the urge to pack up and go for a long distance hike or multi day hike but aren’t sure what you’ll need or how to prepare? Or maybe you have but either feel you pack too much or are missing some items. In this blog you’ll find a comprehensive list of things to pack and how to prepare yourself and your primitive dog for life in the woods. 

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Awesome Primitive Dog Photos! - Tricks for Photography

We’ve all been there – searching for the perfect Facebook profile or cover photo that showcases our dogs in all their gorgeous, talented glory…  No matter how many nice pictures we have of them sitting nicely, or maybe running around with their friends, sometimes we just want something more fun that demonstrates our dog’s true personality.  This is where tricks come in!  There are a few specific tricks that I think lend themselves well to photography.  

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Tricks for Fitness

Does your dog like long walks or hikes?  Do they enjoy playing fetch or tug?  How about dog sports?  All of these activities don’t necessarily come easy – to reduce risk of injury no matter what you do it is important for our dogs to be physically fit.  One aspect of that is engaging in regular fitness routines through the use of tricks.  

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Eye on the Prize: Tricks for Engagement

One of the best compliments I receive at trials and competitions is how engaged my dogs are with me. Even in the face of other dogs, crowds of people, and even the joyous smells that can come from grass and other distractions, I want my dogs (regardless of breed!), to look to me for fun… And maybe a little food and play, too! So how do we gain focus out and about? We do tricks!

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Sharing your Primitive Dog With the World - Therapy Dog Training

Wishing to share your special companion with the world is admirable. I can also be selfish depending on your dog and their ability to tolerate strangers and public places. Most people get into therapy work because their dogs love people, while others get into it because they want to show off their dog. If you’re reading this you are probably in the first category but it is important to periodically self check why you are asking your dog to do this work. 

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Instinct Sports - Let your Primitive Dog’s Talents Shine

Dog Sports are a great way of bonding with your dog, and at the same time, having an adrenaline filled adventure. Most dog sport competitors describe the experience as addictive and something they will never stop participating in for the rest of their lives. Dog Sports celebrates your dog’s talent as well as your hard work as a bonded team. There is nothing else like it. Today we will tell you how to get started.

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Why Tricks?

One of the best things you can do is teach your Primitive Dog some tricks.  That might sound a bit crazy, right?  Well it’s not!  In reality, all behaviors are taught to your dog the same way that they would learn a trick.  The “basics” of sit, down, heel, and come, are all about letting the dog know when they did the correct thing, marking that, and then rewarding to reinforce, all in the hopes that they will repeat the behavior when you want them to.  But besides the idea that everything we teach using operant conditioning can be considered a trick, there are many benefits to those silly (but fun!) parlor tricks that so many of us love.  

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