Workshops

To date Barb has held seminars and workshops in both Canada and Washington State. "I come to You!"

Barb is a working dog trainer and an instructor who also trains and competes with her own dogs. She teaches her expertise to you in working, training and living with dogs. 

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Highlights

  • Willing to travel and work with your organization - all breeds.
  • Workshops can be any subject that is of interest to your club or group.
  • Workshops involve dogs and handlers.
  • This may be one day or several, customized to your club or organizations needs.
  • All dogs must be at least 3 months old and completely up to date with vaccines.

Workshops I have taught

  • FAMILY DOG OBEDIENCE WORKSHOP
    Did you know that walking your dog will help eliminate problem behaviors? Did you know that a fearful dog can be helped to be confident and an outgoing dog can be brought under control? Did you know you can cure a dog of separation anxiety? Did you know that how you feel and how you respond to things affects your dog?
    This work shop focuses on what works for dogs, how dogs function, what is really going through their heads, and how to use this information to raise and train the good family dog. This workshop addresses problem behaviors in dogs from jumping up to biting, and what works best to teach and/or rehabilitate the family canine. This work shop focuses on single family dog or the multiple family of dogs. This workshop also addresses obedience problems such as bolting and running away, coming when called (no matter what), sit, down and stay.
    Besides the average family dog owner, this is an excellent workshop for instructors on affective training of both dogs and people.
  • COMPETITION OBEDIENCE WORKSHOP
    This workshop focus on understanding the connection between the handler and the dog. How thinking and acting "Dog," makes for a deep bond of understanding and teamwork. This can be a workshop by itself or combined.
  • GAMES THAT TRAIN WORKSHOP
    Did you know you can teach scent work and directed jumping to a puppy? This is a fun workshop for dogs and people. I show you how to teach novice open and utility exercises while playing with your dog. This is a great workshop for pups as well as older dogs.
  • NOVICE WORKSHOP
    Novice is all about foundation work, starting with respectful awareness of the owner and/or trainer. Learn to move in sync with each other. Learn to make a meaningful connection with your dog. Learn how to teach your dog to "Watch," "In," "Back," "move close, move away, and much more. Learn how to keep your dog's attention on you, when the real world interrupts. Learn to address and solve problems effectively, from heeling to sit stays and beyond.
  • OPEN WORKSHOP
    This workshop helps first time dog trainers learn the ins and outs of Open, from the dumbbell retrieve to out of sight sits and downs. This workshop focuses on breaking each exercise down into easy to understand pieces, proofing and problem solving along the way. Learn to teach the dumbbell, quickly and correctly from the start, to avoid chewing, rolling, playing, and dropping. Learn to down your dog quickly on command anywhere, to teach a reliable drop on recall.
    This workshop is also for the advanced trainer that wants a better approach for their next dog, or wants to address problems with their current Open dog.
  • UTILITY WORKSHOP
    This work shop is for the novice, just learning, or the advanced owner, training and polishing the utility dog. The workshop focuses on breaking each exercise down into simple understandable pieces for both the dog and handler. This workshop also focuses on proofing and problem solving.

Training Tips

TRAINING TIPS - RAISING THE GOOD DOG
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TRICKS OF THE TRADE

Over the years every dog trainer learns a few simple fixes they share with their friends, fellow trainers, and students, to make simple everyday tasks easier. Unless you go to dog class or get professional help, you may needlessly be waging war with your dog instead of teaching cooperation.

I am always delighted to see the smiles on the faces of folks when they see how simple and rewarding working with (and not against) dogs is. Here’s a couple tricks of the trade that make living with dogs easier.

PUTTING A COLLAR ON YOUR DOG

This works well with any collar. If you are using a slip style collar, simply loop it over your arm. Hold a treat in your fingers and allow your dog to sniff it, but not have it yet. Let him follow the treat with his nose and through the collar, as you slip it over his head. Once it is on, praise him and reward him with another treat.

If you are using a buckle collar, make it large enough to slip over the dog’s head. Once it is on, adjust it to the correct size.

It won’t take long before he hears the jingle of the collar and comes running to get it on.

GO TO YOUR CRATE

Remove the gate from either a wire or plastic crate. Put a slip collar on your dog, so he cannot pull it off his head. Attach a long leash or rope and pull it through the side of the plastic crate window, or the back of the wire crate. Take a yummy treat (like steak) and let him sniff it. Now toss it into the back of the crate. Tell him, “Go crate.” Give him a moment to respond. He may go right into the crate. If he does, praise him and throw in a couple more treats. He may resist. If he does put just enough pressure on the leash so he cannot back away from the opening. Hold the crate with your other hand, or have someone hold it, so it doesn’t move much. Above all be calm and patient, no matter what the dog does. Some will raise quite a fuss, but remember this is a tantrum and the dog is not afraid or hurt. Given no choice, he will go into the crate. Once he does allow the line to remain slack, and praise his decision to do things your way. Only take up the slack if he tries to leave without permission. The dog is more than learning to go to his crate on command, he is learning that obeying you is in his best interest.  Repetition is all it takes, and in no time at all your dog will happily be going to his crate when he is told to.

CANINE COMMON SENSE - All dogs need to have a good direction for their energy. This is especially important for dogs with lots of get up and go.
Sitting in the yard, kennel run, or house all day twiddling their dog toes, provides fertile ground for destructive and aggressive behaviors.
  • Provide energy using activities - It is your responsibility as a good dog owner to provide daily activities for your dog - a walk - play ball - do something fun
  • Structured walks - I recommend at least an hour structured walk - Structured walks begin at the door. Practice putting your dog behind you, and exiting doors and gate first. Once you are out the out the door or gate, keep your dog right next to you. If you allow him out in front, you are giving him pack leader position and all the privileges that go with it. No good ever comes of this arrangement between man and dog.
  • Communicating to your dog - Twenty minutes of basic obedience training a day.
    This information is vital in communicating to your dog that you are the pack leader - not your dog. I am the leader and I make all the decisions. You are the follower and do not.
  • Give your dog permission - If one of your activities is playing at the park, be sure you give your dog permission to leave you and go play. Playing does not mean bolting and running away, so make sure your dog understands this before giving him the privilege of playing off leash
COMPETITION OBEDIENCE
  • Teaching a dog to set up into heel position is fun and easy. Hold a yummy treat in your left hand. Let the dog sniff at it. As soon as he is "on the bait," slowly direct him into heel position. Be careful, if you move too fast he will loose contact with your hand. It is not necessary to say anything. You are simply teaching him to follow your hand into "heel." As soon as he has moved into position, lift your hand up and slightly back over his head. He will follow the bait with his nose. This will cause him to sit. Praise his efforts then reward with the treat.
  • Practice is all it takes to get the idea. Eventually the dog will learn to follow your hand into place and you can dispense with the treat. As soon as he gets the idea, add a verbal command, "Max heel."
  • Don't forget to praise. This tells him you like what he is doing.

HEALTH - Is your dog fit or fat?
One of the oddest things I come across is the owner that says, I love him more than anything," and hey are slowly making the dog sick and shortening his life, by feeding him too much.

Dogs suffer from many of the same ailments we humans do -
One of the biggest problems American dogs have is the same problem we humans do - we tend to eat too much and put on a bit too much weight.
Overweight dogs are prone to stroke, heart failure, diabetes, and joint problems.

Is your dog fit or fat? Not sure
. Some owners' mistake fat for big.
Here is an easy test to see if Fido needs to shed a few extra pounds. Stand your dog up on all fours. Take a good look and be honest. Your dog should have an hour glass figure. If you don't see a waist where there should be one, cut his food back and up his exercise. If you have a hairy breed, do the hands on test. You should be able to feel his ribs with light pressure, and an indentation where his waist should be. Solid muscle feels like solid muscle. Fat does not. If you find your best friend is a bit chubby, cut his food back about a quarter cup, and up his exercise.

Walking is good for both of you
and it's amazing the other nice people you meet out there walking there dogs.