A few years ago, I wrote these words before attending the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America National Specialty. It was a reminder to myself to keep things in perspective.
It was a beautiful morning, a day for success. It had been many months since Teddy and I competed in the Rally ring. Real competition always trumps training in the backyard, so that’s why I ignored the temptation to sleep one recent Sunday to go to a match where we could test our skills without […]
Ringside Ramblings from a Rally trial: FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015 7:01 p.m. – The countdown checklist Teddy groomed… check! Crate, pads and blanket in car… check! Armband holder, water, bowl, treats (gotta have treats)… check! Rally sign book, training leash, collar… check! Entry paperwork… check! Ringside chair… check! Breath mints, snacks, water… check! Phone/charger/poop bags… check! […]
So, you have a 100-lb. Berner that loves his walks and wants to bolt out the door with you flying behind him like a magic carpet. If you have a stay/wait command, it’s easy to train a dog to wait for you to go through the door first. You can start out training at a door […]