8/23/10 5 minute Training Challenge

Couch Potato Monday.

Today’s training challenge was created to help out a grooming client that hated to be groomed. Today while hanging out on the couch spread out your grooming tools around  where you are sitting and see if you can get your dog to do something fun with them or near them.

Kizzie, who is not fond of grooming time was really thinking I was going to trick her so nothing occurred during her first 5 minute but during Dharma’s 5 minutes she decided the clicker game of nose touching the tools was great. By the end of Dharma’s 5 minutes both girls were nose flinging tools around the floor.

Good Luck and Have Fun


8/20/10 5 Minute Training Challenge

Today’s 5 minute challenge comes from Maria and Champ in Norway. The Speed Sit.

For all levels see how many sits you can in 10 30-second periods. The goal is to get your dog in and out of a sit as fast as possible.

I broke the 30 second periods up by doing 2 sessions each in between morning chores.

Dharma had a lot of fun with this, getting an average of 19 sits per session.

Kizzie is still very slow at sitting and started with 2 sits per session but did increase to about 7 sits per session by the end.

Good Luck, Have fun, and thanks Maria and Champ for this fun training challenge.


8/19/10 5 Minute Training Challenge

Today’s challenge is target work. You can use a target plate or if you have a Manners Minder you can use that.

Beginners your goal is to get your furry friend to realize that when you say target there is a reward on the target.

Advanced you goal is to see how far you can get away from the target and still have them consistently go to the target when told to.

Dharma- Distance work is something Dharma and I have struggled with, even in my own yard, she was able to consistently go to the Manners Minder from about 10 feet.Her daddy, Pippin, will run from one end of the yard to steal her cookie from the target so hopefully one day Dharma will get there.

Kizzie- While she did make progress in learning the target she is still pretty distracted by the world so we only got about 2 minutes in before she lost interest and went back to bouncing around the yard.