How to Create Productive Spaces for You and Your Dog, Part 2

Place training is simply teaching your dog to stay in a dedicated spot without being restrained in any way for an indefinite amount of time. The beauty of place training is that it builds right on top of the foundation laid with crate training. It also creates a . . .

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How to Create Productive Spaces for You and Your Dog, Part 1

Just a couple months ago, I had never heard terms like “social distancing,” “self-quarantine,” or “ PPE.” Nowadays, such things are a way of everyday life. These are weird times for sure, and for many of us, that means spending way more time at home than . . .

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New Series: How to Best Work Alongside Your Dog

At Orvis, we have been lucky enough to be able to bring our dogs to the office for years, and we have learned a lot of things about working productively alongside our four-legged friends. This series will dive into maximizing your time together–not only . . .

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Podcast: Common Dog-Training Terms and Misconceptions

In this installment of the podcast, Reid talks with Ronnie Smith and Susanna Love of Ronnie Smith Kennels in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. In response to listener questions, Ronnie and Susanna explore the definition of a “correction,” while also . . .

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Video: Why a Dog Bed?

A dog bed is more than just a comfortable place for your best friend to sleep. It’s a place of refuge, a place to recover after activity, and a training tool. Every dog needs a “den,” where they can get away from life’s . . .

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 8: How to Teach “Sit”

In episode 8, Ronnie shows how he teaches the “sit” command by using cues, not words. By pulling up on the lead and pushing down on the dog’s rear end, he establishes what he wants to happen, and the dog gets the point very quickly. Note that he . . .

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 7: How to Teach Recall

In the seventh episode of the series, Ronnie and Susanna discuss the importance of recall (“here” or “come”) and how they use cues and rewards to build that behavior. Their use of the line ensures that the proper response happens every time. Note that . . .

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