Learning New Tricks

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In case you didn’t know, January is National Train Your Dog Month.  It’s actually a good idea during a month when we’re usually closed in a lot and looking for ways to beat cabin fever.  I think a lot of people hear the word “training” and mental blocks go up.  A lot of Greyhound people […]

When Patience Is Kryptonite

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One of the things I like about teaching the 4H kids dog obedience is that it reminds me that dogs have different learning styles.  I get used to working with my dogs and I learn what works with them, but hounds are notoriously stubborn to train.  This makes me empathetic towards the kids with stubborn […]

Search And Rescue Saturday–The Certification Test

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This past weekend our team hosted an Illinois State Workshop for the International Police Working Dog Association.  For the fine readers that have been following Search and Rescue Saturday you just may recall that this was the workshop in which Küster and I were taking our certification test. So How Did It Go? Well that […]

Everybody Loves A Player

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Sometimes, I just have to have a laugh at Küster and the way his brain works.  Early on, we came to the conclusion that we could never do anything in front of him that we didn’t want him to know how to do, like opening the refrigerator door.  As a puppy, you could look at […]

Search And Rescue Saturday — Detection Training

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Last weekend our K-9 Operations team was able to bring in a trainer named Don Blair from Canine Intelligence Academy out of the Chicagoland area.  Don Specializes in canine behavior, detection, and canine problem solving along with a few other things.  It was a well-spent weekend learning and working our dogs, especially in the area […]

Search and Rescue Saturday – Küster Goes To College

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Thursday, I found myself sitting in a classroom.  Which is something that I’m somewhat familiar with. After all I made it through our educational system.  I still attend training both for my “real” job and also search and rescue.  This time I’m sitting there in this classroom with Küster next to me.  Thoughts of “I […]

You Had Me At Sit

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Since we brought Flattery home, my husband has been working diligently to teach her one thing.  He has been working at getting her to sit on command.  I know that some people think Greyhounds can’t sit, but they can.  Other people think they can’t be taught to sit, or do anything else on command, but […]

The Invisible Thread

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Bunny mentioned yesterday that while we were out walking and shopping, Mr. Taleteller and Küster were off at Search and Rescue training.  Sometimes I go along with them, but it was going to be a long day of training and there were meetings for the members involved, so I decided to stay home and have […]

A Glimpse To The Future, A Glance At The Past

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Bunny mentioned yesterday that we went to help with some Search and Rescue Training with Küster and Mr. Taleteller over the weekend.  This weekend’s training was different because they had a man who’s a Master Trainer there to give them three days of instruction with their dogs.  It was a great experience for everyone involved, […]