Some Heel Upgrades w/ Zae

Lately I have been working on some ‘heel upgrades’ with Zae.  Doing so by playing around with little things seeing what we can do and what works best for us.  The ultimate goal in mind is always to clean up and make his heel even sharper.  I also decided to start to actually train a fun go to heel position.. still in very beginning stages but I am pleased so far.  Also, very happy with how sharp Zae’s turns are getting as I was looking to get cleaner, crisper 90° turns with him.

This little trick is a behavior I never ever actually trained with Zae.  I asked him to do it one day and from there we just started doing it. 🙂  He was just able to quickly figure it out because of all the foundation skills we train. I am intending to use this behavior to further clean up his heel. In the end, I want those sharp turns with a dog who stays nice and parallel to me.  I am also hoping it will help him pay more attention to details like my legs instead of just staring up at me with his goofy face and not paying true attention 😋  The beauty is in the details – training dogs is so fun !

I am currently accepting more online students !   This includes one-on-one personal classrooms with custom learning modules and feedback.  Let me know what you want to learn or improve and let’s get to work. 🙂

Upcoming Classes

I have an upcoming class that I am teaching beginning in May in the Medford area.  Please contact the respective business hosting the class to sign up.

Fit Paws/Canine Conditioning
@ Prodogz Dog Training in Medford, OR 
IMG_2651.jpgThis course provides basic canine conditioning exercises that also get your dog thinking.  The exercises and skills practiced in this course will require the dog uses his brain to problem solve all while he learns where his feet are and how to balance his body.  These exercises in turn also create a confident dog who knows how to use his body.  This is not a rehabilitation course but a fun way to increase your dogs fitness.

6:00pm – Thursdays – class runs for 4 weeks

I also offer a variety of ways to learn and work with me remotely online as well !  See Training for more information and don’t hesitate to Contact Me with any inquiries !
Also, hoping to have my own agility field set up soon – working on getting my equipment shipped over from Wisconsin ! 🙂


Pacific Northwest Adventures

Was a beautiful day today so took off with the boys to the mountains.  Was much needed and we had such a lovely day.  Also, finally got around to using my camera and took some proper photos. 🙂


First Trial in 8+ Months

Mayhem and Zae were entered in 2 days up in Albany at an AKC trial.  Mayhem earned 2 QQ’s putting him 8 away from his MACH ! :o) and Zae had some nice runs but received several faults for running his dogwalk a bit too high.  He did end up earning 1st place in masters and premier jumpers.

Although, our results were good – I feel that we did not have our best runs this weekend.  The dogs were running a little pokey.  With not doing any agility, let alone competing and a totally new trial environment in Oregon and on dirt it is understandable especially for Mayhem.  Mayhem has ring stress and it was certainly affecting his speed and performances this weekend.   That being said, there were lots of nice moments in the ring with both dogs and I feel that the speed will come especially once we find our connection again.  I think we all need to redevelop some confidence back in the ring and with running agility.  I am glad to have shed negative energies and now we can renew ourselves and further become the best we can be. 🙂

Currently, I am still equipmentless and after trialing of course there’s lots of exercises and skills on my mind I want to practice now ha.  But it felt great to be back at it with the boys !