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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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 6: How to Use Cues

Here’s another episode in our 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 … Continue reading “Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 6: How to Use Cues”

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 3: Training Equipment

In this episode, Ronnie and Susanna discuss the specific equipment that they like to use for training–and they explain the benefits of each. From the flat-leather collar with a D-ring to the Smith family’s signature Wonder Lead, the equipment they use is . . .

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Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 2: Training is a Lifestyle

Here’s the second episode in our 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 … Continue reading “Orvis Dog-Training Tips, Episode 2: Training is a Lifestyle”

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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 . . .

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