Tasks of Level 1 World Treibball League

Following up to my previous post on the Tasks of Chibi’s Level 2 Title from World Treibball League, this post provides clips to the tasks of Chibi’s Level 1 / GLOBAL GIZMO Title. Level 1 / GLOBAL GIZMO has 3 Tasks.  There are 4 Balls on the playing field.  Goal / Handler’s Area is 10′ wide.  No food or toys allowed during play. 1 minute per Task.  Senior/Small Dog exemption = 1.5 minutes for Tasks 2 and 3. TASK 1 Level 1 – With dog off-leash, Team heels around the balls “weaving through, around and by the balls, diagonally, in Continue Reading →

Treibball – Storing & Transporting 35mm Balls

Picked up a few laundry bags for storing & transporting Chibi’s 35mm Treibball balls.  BINGO. The mouth of the bag has two locking drawstrings.  Easy to open and close. A nice shoulder strap makes carrying the bag a breeze. There’s also a handy loop for hanging the bag from a hook, peg or similar.  Sweet.   The bags I purchased are Mainstays’ Heavy Duty Mesh Laundry Bag, 24″ W x 36″ H (61 cm x 91.4 cm).   At $5 a bag, these rock. I have a few projects ongoing for the 40cm and larger balls.  Will share when finsihed.   Continue Reading →

Build a Bar Jump from PVC

Material List for 1 Bar Jump  (3′ tall x 4′ wide) *Minus the 4-way connectors and jump cup strips, all material on hand at your area home improvement / hardware store.  PVC pipe, end caps and T’s are in plumbing department;  colored tape in electrical dept.  I use a miter saw to cut my pieces but you can use a handheld pvc cutter, or your pvc source might cut it for you. 2 x 10′ pipes of 1″ pvc (schedule 40) cut as follows:           2 x 33.5″ pieces for the uprights (30″ if using T’s as connectors, see NOTE Continue Reading →

New Year, New Certification – CSMC

First news of 2015 – happy to announce I’m a Certified Stress Management Coach!   Helping people manage the stress in their lives has always been crucial in my work at SMART DOGS.  Why?  Stress affects all of us – for better and for worse!  Stress affects learning & behavior – for better and for worse!  Mismanaged stress feeds undesired behavior and decreases wellness in dogs and in people.  Stress from the human end of the leash causes stress at canine end of the leash.  Stress from the human end of the leash affects progress at both ends of the Continue Reading →

Thank You, 2014!

As the start of the New Year approaches, I’m grateful for all the learning and growth of the past year.  Wonderful new students, returning students, and visitors from far away places – including Kay Laurence who shared her time and knowledge in a Clicker Revolution workshop – contributed to my learning and growth in 2014.   I’m grateful for the uniqueness of each person, each dog, and each lesson exchanged.  Because of each one, my eyes see more clearly. Each year at SMART DOGS new programs are added and ongoing programs live in a healthy state of revision.  One notable new Continue Reading →

Too many mind

“Too many mind” is a favorite quote I often share with students.  It’s from “The Last Samurai”, a 2003 movie directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick.   The quote is about mental control, maintaining a mental state free of distraction, it’s about performance, focus, being in the moment.  Being truly and utterly IN the moment. The storyline takes place in 19th century Japan during the Meiji Restoration, details on the movie here.  Captain Nathan Algren (played by Tom Cruise) is taken captive by Samurai and held in their village.  They treat him very well and he is free to walk around Continue Reading →

Why I Train

My training (personal and professional) is based entirely on my desire to build healthy relationships and lifestyles for humans and canines.  How?  By reducing stress and increasing wellness for both ends of the leash.  How?  By building trust and confidence at both ends of the leash.  By eliminating force, pain, fear, aggression, intimidation.  By empowering human and canine with skills for controlling impulse and arousal levels.  By establishing a flow of learning and clear communication between both ends of the leash.  By nourishing body and mind of human and canine. Cute or Fancy “Tricks”.  Dog Sports.  Those are just some Continue Reading →

“stay” + distraction of Baby Rabbit

As posted many times in pics on SMART DOGS facebook page, “wait” and “stay” are skills the Posse and I use multiple times a day.  I couldn’t imagine our lives without these skills.  Skills essential for a happy, safe, harmonious family – regardless of the number of dogs in said family. Last evening in the field, I heard a high pitched cry and recognized it as a baby rabbit.  Piglet had found one.  A few minutes earlier in the same general area, Penelope had excitedly jumped at a rabbit outside the fence as he raced off to a safer place. Continue Reading →

Pet Dogs / Performance Dogs

              What comes to mind when you think of “performance dogs”?  Perhaps you think of dogs who perform in Dog Sports and Activities such as Agility, Freestyle, Herding, Hunt Tests, Obedience, Rally, Schutzhund, Treiball, Water Rescue, etc.? Dogs who perform jobs, for example, Search & Rescue, Service Dogs, Therapy Work, Scent Detection, Law Enforcement, etc.?  Maybe you think of dogs who perform Training Demonstrations for Educational purposes?   What about your very own pet dog?  Do you think of him when you think of a performance dog?  You should! I remind all my students, Continue Reading →

Letting Dogs be Dogs

          I think many of us have heard or used a phrase like “letting a dog be a dog.”  I myself have used the phrase “dogs being dogs” in reference to pics and clips of the Posse enjoying miscellaneous activities of daily life (running in the yard and/or our field, digging for moles, picking apples off our tree, playing with each other, tracking rabbits/deer/critters, etc.).  Students sometimes ask questions relating to “when should I let my dog be a dog?” The last few times I’ve heard this phrase it struck me in a different way… What Continue Reading →

Each Interaction Matters

Each interaction you have with your dog matters, none is trivial.  Each interaction either enhances your relationship, or damages it.  Each interaction either builds cooperation or causes resistance, builds trust or destroys it, creates harmony or conflict. Consider how many times a day you interact with your dog.  Be aware that each look, each word, each touch, each action and, yes, each thought contributes to and impacts your relationship. Think about all the interactions you have had with your dog today alone and consider each one’s effect.  With each interaction, were you enhancing or damaging your relationship? What type of looks Continue Reading →

Your dog is waiting for you…

Your dog is waiting for you… Your dog is waiting for you to see him as the unique individual he is, not as a stereotype of a breed (e.g., Lab, Poodle, Yorkie, Corgi, etc) or breed group (e.g., herding, terrier, toy, etc.). Your dog is waiting for you to recognize who he is rather than viewing him as a label or behavior problem (e.g., stubborn, anxious, hyper, reactive, fearful, digger, jumper), a “rank” in a hierarchy, a teddy bear, a dress up doll, or a lesser version of your previous dog. Your dog is waiting for you to have him Continue Reading →

Agility has arrived!

January 2013 marked the launch of SMART DOGS’ Agility Program!   And launch we did!  8 Agility classes in 7 months: Agility Levels 1 and 2, and Therapeutic Agility* Levels 1 and 2. SMART DOGS’ students are having a blast learning this sport.  And of course, they Rocked! 🙂  Impressive progress by each Team.  The canine students were a wonderful variety of sizes and breeds which added to the fun! Agility Classes are now on summer break due to the Arkansas heat & humidity but will resume with our 2013 Fall Session.  Students are eager to get back on course and Continue Reading →

Waiting your Turn

In the photo above, Geronimo and Rocky wait in the background while Piglet practices a tunnel. Being able to calmly, pleasantly, patiently “wait” is a crucial skill for Life in the SMART Zone where health, safety, harmony, and low stress levels prevail.  This skill is important not only for your health & stress level but also your dog’s health & stress level. Whether you share your home with 1 dog, or 2 or more dogs, there are numerous situations in your everyday life where a wait is useful.  The dog’s position while waiting might be a stand, a sit or Continue Reading →