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. 🙂

Advanced Balance Disc Exercises & Training Tips

Outlined in this video is a training session with different conditioning exercises for balance, strength and coordination.  Featured in the video is a dog who already knows these exercises and tricks but is revisiting behaviors and knows how to think through what might be expected and what he can get rewarded for.  These conditioning exercises are not only building the dog physically but also mentally by the dog working through problems.  Highlighted throughout the video are explanations of the training and process that I am using while working with Zae.  These tips generalize across dog training and different ways to incorporate into exercises.

The balance disc exercises I was asking of Zae in this video were more advanced because these are skills that have been practiced since he was young.  When training or working with your dog only ask things of the dog in which he is confident at that level to perform or work through.  Know your dog physically and mentally and what they can handle.  If the dog starts to get too frustrated-know your dog and when they need encouragement, help or just a simple reset to try again.  As trainers and handlers we want dogs that are confident and have the skills to work through problems.  This comes through positive training and encouragement to the dog and the brain is a muscle that can be worked and become stronger.

These exercises are fun because they are so positive.  The dog can offer pretty much anything and be gaining physically.  Dog interacts with balance discs and pods, gets rewarded which becomes very fun and satisfying for the dog.  The balance discs and pods create an awareness of where the dog is putting his feet, how his weight is being distributed and building on the dogs overall core strength.  All of these skills and benefits are ideal for agility and any sport dogs.  Fun little exercises to work with your pets too.

I teach exercises and skills like this in my online course Skill & Relationship Building.  Registration is ongoing- sign up today !


Also, I am excited to now be offering Individual Video Analysis These will be detailed analysis and feedback on your competition or training videos.  A great option for those not wanting to commit to a full class or lesson plan right now but are looking for some help.  I love the details and analysis of handler and dog lines on course. Along with having a natural eye for these details I also have experience which has helped develop me into the talented handler I am today.  Looking forward to helping you be the best team you can be. 👣🐾

Teaser video from Skills and Relationship Building Course: Using Pressure and Frustration in Training

My Skills and Relationship Building course is a really fun little self-study with feedback with modules of content and exercises that build many important foundation skills for anyone interesting in dog training or sports.  These are quick interactive things to do with your dog.  I initially built this course as a food bowl course because they are quick easy to things to practice with the dogs meal–even in a hurry.  I use the little games featured in the course daily with my dogs.  Not only does it built a very strong set of foundation skills it also strengthens the bond with the dog.  It builds his engagement with you.

Here is a clip from the course that demonstrates how by building this skill you can use pressure and frustration in your training to build engagement and drive incorporated in many ways.

To find out more about PyrWild’s online courses and training please visit the Training page.