Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 1: The Mindset of the Dog

Welcome to the new series of dog-training videos–featuring Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels. The Smith family is legendary in the dog-training world. Ronnie’s uncle is the bird-dog legend Delmar Smith, recognized as the founder of the Smith Training Method and a Field Trial Hall of Fame inductee. Ronnie has been training dogs since he was fourteen years old and took over the family business in 1982. Susanna joined him in 2006.

This first video in the series is not about a specific skill or technique. Instead, Ronnie and Susanna discuss the importance of a dog’s mindset in the training process. Your goal as a trainer, they argue, is to engender the proper mindset that will enable the dog to learn best.

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