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Quit Demanding Eye Contact: Here’s Why May 24, 2024

 

Yep, you heard that right. Getting your dog to "look at you" is not achieving what you think. In fact, we believe that traditional dog training has it quite wrong. Demanding eye contact is actually causing the opposite of what you are being told to seek. Stop creating disengagement and...

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Developing Coordination and Body Awareness in Clumsy Puppies May 09, 2024

Puppies, especially larger breeds, often face challenges with coordination in their early stages. Addressing these challenges early can prevent frustration and help them transition smoothly into adulthood.

Understanding Puppy Development
Clumsiness is a natural part of a puppy’s growth....

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Empowering Progress: Key Takeaways from a Memorable US Event Apr 26, 2024

I've just returned from a remarkable event in the US, filled with energy, enthusiasm, and insightful interactions. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who made the effort to join us—it was truly a phenomenal experience. The atmosphere was buzzing with energy, and the...

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Enhancing Performance in Heeling and Beyond Apr 12, 2024

When training a dog for advanced obedience or competition levels, the focus often lands heavily on technical skills such as heeling, turns, and position consistency. However, an often overlooked but critical aspect of dog training is cardiovascular fitness. This component is not only...

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Untapped Potential: Harnessing Drive and Focus Apr 04, 2024

Training a dog is much more than teaching basic commands or performing tricks; it involves understanding and harnessing the innate drives that motivate your dog. Building and channeling your dog's drive and focus, is one of the most challenging aspects of training.

The Myth of the "Gifted...

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The Power of 'US' Mar 22, 2024

In the world of dog training, the philosophy guiding my work and the STSK9 programs is rooted in a deeply held belief in collaboration and cooperation. This principle isn't just a tagline; it's a commitment to inclusivity and unity, extending an open hand to all, regardless of their background or...

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6x World Champion Advice Mar 14, 2024

In an era teeming with distractions, where genuine connections are increasingly rare, the relationship between humans and their dogs stands as a testament to authenticity. Recently, Nino had the opportunity to host an MVP coaching call with Mario Verslype, an esteemed figure in dog training, who...

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Building Confidence in Fearful Dogs Feb 22, 2024

Understanding how to cultivate confidence in a fearful dog involves more than just exposure to the outside world; it's about starting from a place of comfort and gradually expanding their boundaries. Here's a look at how we approach this important process, keeping in mind the unique nature of...

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Mastering the Art of Canine Matchmaking: Finding the Perfect Pup Feb 08, 2024

Embarking on the journey to welcome a pup into your life isn't just an act of selecting a pet; it's about forging a bond that aligns with your spirit and lifestyle. This process transcends the simplistic view of choosing a dog based on breed or aesthetics. It's a profound search for a companion...

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The Game Changer for Dog Training & Behavior Jan 26, 2024

Let's set the record straight – dog training is not merely about appearances. It encompasses a holistic approach that emphasizes the development of both the handler's skills and the dog's skills. When it comes to addressing behavioral issues in dogs, the key always lies in enhancing your...

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Basic Dog Training: Why You Need to Elevate Beyond Jan 12, 2024

Why Would You Want Your Dog to be Basic?

Dogs are far more capable and intelligent than we often give them credit for. As a passionate advocate for canine training, I firmly believe in setting the bar higher than just the basic commands. Let's delve into why "basic" should not be your objective...

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Self-Analysis in Dog Training: Breaking the Rules, Training with Guts Dec 29, 2023

Forget everything you think you know about learning and dog training. I did. In my journey, I discovered that one of the secrets to exceptional dog training is self-analysis. It's not just about command and response; it's a deep dive into the talents and drivers of both handler and dog. Let me...

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Beyond Limits: The Power of Dog Training & Self-Belief Dec 22, 2023

In a world riddled with skepticism and limitations, my students stand as beacons of inspiration and are a testament to the power of belief. Their transformations from eager students to full-time professionals aren't just about career changes or sports trophies; they're breaking barriers and...

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Talent Vs. Competency: Freeing Your Potential in Dog Training Dec 09, 2023

In the world of dog training, the battle between innate talent and hard-won competency is more than just talk. It's the critical edge that shapes a trainer's approach and their real-world success. Let's dive into this gritty dynamic and how it transforms a trainer’s journey.

Talent: The...

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Decoding Prance: A Reflection of Drive and Energy Nov 03, 2023

Prance. Okay, so let's talk about the prance now. Maybe you've seen some of my puppies, and some of them are very elegant. Some of them stretch their paws, some of them are a little bit more stiff. If you compare, for example, the Labrador with Rocky, I have to say the Lab has...

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Why a Strong Heeling Foundation Matters Oct 27, 2023

The speed of learning is attached to age, but it is also attached to the energy levels and drive that the dog can produce. So, if a dog is 5-6 years old but is very motivated to do whatever, they are still going to learn very fast.

The question is, what have you done with this previously? Let's...

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Why you shouldn't be part of yor dog's out Oct 20, 2023

Here is a really powerful statement that I'm going to make. If you are ever going to attempt an out, which you should at some point, because if your dog is really into his game, he's loving it. He's enjoying what you do, but then obviously you're going to create a connection, because if he's...

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A Sneak Peek Into The STSK9 Philosophy Sep 22, 2023

You might be wondering, "What's the deal with the MVP?" Well, let me tell you, it's all about sharing every step of the journey without holding anything back. I've always disliked it when people try to teach something but don't reveal the whole picture, maybe because they're in competition or...

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The Relevance of Heeling Sep 07, 2023

As straightforward as heeling may appear, it encompasses underlying skills that often go unnoticed. When observed from an outsider's perspective, it seems like a matter of technical proficiency: holding a treat above your dog's head and taking a few steps and turns. However, training a focused...

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Consider These Three Things! Aug 18, 2023

 

If you get yourself a new dog or puppy here are three things you want to avoid.

  1. Do not feed from that food bowl. Feed from your hand. You want to teach that dog or puppy how to move, and how to communicate with you. Your first communication will be through movement. Putting the food bowl...
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My Journey in Social Media Aug 10, 2023

My Instagram channel, just grew to 200,000 followers and my Facebook page, is very close to that, I want to share with you how and why it all started. I was a police K9 officer, police K9 handler, and instructor, and social media is what changed the whole trajectory of my life.

Fifteen years ago,...

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You Need Energy, So Does Your Dog Aug 04, 2023

So there is a huge misconception between what some people will tell you that you need and what you actually need. For example, if you want a dog, to live comfortably in your home, but also have ambitions to do personal protection work or to compete in a sport some people will tell you you don't...

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Rocky's Son Jul 28, 2023

We are now caring for a five-day-old puppy in our home. Rocky’s last litter was born on the 21st of July just a few weeks after he passed away. 

We were expecting a small litter of 4 puppies, but only one puppy was born. A single male puppy. 

The mother had a lot of anxiety and was...

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Losing Your Best Friend Jul 21, 2023

It's been 12 days since Rocky passed away, and it's been a tough time for me. Losing a beloved dog is something that many of you may experience at some point, and I feel compelled to talk about it.

Sadly, losing a dog is inevitable. They are not just pets, but also best friends and unconditional...

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