Friday's Favorite Five: Items for The Active Dog. Do you have an active dog or active dogs on your hands? There are many active dog breeds, including small active dogs. Keeping these dogs both mentally and physically busy and engaged is key to living with them and enjoying their company. In today's Friday's Favorite Five you will find active dog toys and dog-friendly activities to do with your dog.

Friday’s Favorite Five: Items for The Active Dog

Friday’s Favorite Five: Items for The Active Dog (3/17/17)

Friday's Favorite Five: Items for The Active Dog. Do you have an active dog or active dogs on your hands? There are many active dog breeds, including small active dogs. Keeping these dogs both mentally and physically busy and engaged is key to living with them and enjoying their company. In today's Friday's Favorite Five you will find active dog toys and dog-friendly activities to do with your dog.
Items for the active dog.

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Do you have an active dog or active dogs on your hands? There are many active dog breeds, including small active dogs. Keeping these dogs both mentally and physically busy and engaged is key to living with them and enjoying their company. In today’s Friday’s Favorite Five you will find active dog toys and dog-friendly activities to do with your dog.

1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash®
1-Running-Dog Bike Tow Leash®

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Leerburg-Nosework Training Scent Kits  This kit will last you many, many Nosework training sessions. The entire Nosework Sport Training Scent Kit is contained inside of a small waterproof, impact-resistant, hard plastic case that makes safely transporting all your Nosework training aids convenient and simple. Each Small K9 Scent Kit contains 3 jars and 3 eye droppers with 3 vials for you to fill with your own liquid scents. Order today!

Affordable Agility, Inc.- Affordable Agility in the Bag is the perfect solution for anyone beginning Agility for fun or practice. Everything you need to start packs in the convenient carrying bag! Comes with the most popular agility obstacles that can be used indoors or out. Includes: (1) WEAVE POLE SET (2) HURDLE JUMP (3) TIRE JUMP (4) PAUSE BOX (5) TUNNEL (6) 8 ft closed CHUTE  (7) CARRY BAG (8) ALSO INCLUDES: Colored vinyl tape for decorating poles. Order today!

Kyra Sundance-101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog. This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy to follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while “build-on” ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill. Order today!

RUFFWEAR OMNIJORE JORING SYSTEM ALL DOG PULLING ACTIVITY HARNESS TOWLINE AND HIPBELT. The Omnijore Joring System is designed for any dog-powered activity such as skijoring, mountainboard-joring, skatejoring, bikejoring, or canicross. Enjoy joring all year long in any climate or condition. Complete system includes dog harness, human hipbelt, and towline. The components are designed to work together to maximize performance, comfort and fun, and are sized to comply with international joring regulations. The harness is available in three sizes.  Order today!


What activity would you and your dog enjoy? Tell me in the comments.

Friday's Favorite Five: Items for The Active Dog. Do you have an active dog or active dogs on your hands? There are many active dog breeds, including small active dogs. Keeping these dogs both mentally and physically busy and engaged is key to living with them and enjoying their company. In today's Friday's Favorite Five you will find active dog toys and dog-friendly activities to do with your dog.
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Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.

Dog Tricks | How To Teach Your Dog To Go To A Station, Mat or Bed

Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station

Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.
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Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.

The wrong way to use station training. Over the years I have seen some dog trainers, particularly those using shock collar training, use station training in an inappropriate way. This note is not to address shock collar training, which I am firmly against, but when not to use a station or stay behavior with a dog.

As a dog parent or dog trainer, it is important to understand our dog’s emotions clearly. If a dog is uncomfortable, we need to help that dog feel more comfortable and secure. The STAY behavior should be used very cautiously and with our dog’s best interests and feelings in mind the entire time of the stay. If you ask your dog to go to his station and stay during a time he’s stressed or uncomfortable, this not only will teach your dog the station or stay cue is stressful, but that situation he’s in may also be stressful.

I never feel that a dog should be put on a stay and allowed to be petted or handled by strangers without the dog owner’s active interaction with the dog and stranger. I personally always feel that my dog deserves the ability to move away during petting; he should not be forced to be greeted. A lot of dogs will STAY because they were taught to and will tolerate the interaction or situation, but are not comfortable. To me, this is not being a dog’s advocate. But I digress.

Steps in teaching your dog to go to a station, bed, mat, or spot.

  1. Choose a quiet environment.
  2. Place a special rug, towel, or pet blanket on the floor. This station should be portable so that you can take it on the go, such as when you vacation with your dog.
  3. Lure your dog with a healthy dog treat to step on the station with all four feet. Say YES! as soon as he steps on it and give him a tasty dog treat. Repeat this 5 times.
  4. Next, lure your dog on the station, this time ask him to DOWN on the station. As soon as he does, YES! and treat. Repeat again 5 times.
Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.
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Your dog’s progression will depend on how quickly he responds to your gestures and requests. Once your dog is really understanding and is even starting to anticipate going to his station and lying down, it’s time to provide your dog with his training cue. In other words, what you want to call this behavior. Go to your bed, go to your mat, etc.

  1. Tell your dog “go to your mat” and gesture to his mat. Once he lies down on his mat, say YES and follow up with a reward or even a jackpot! Repeat 5 times.
  2. As your dog gets better and better, increase the distance away from the mat. Instead of standing 5” away from the mat, stand 1′ away. Ask your dog to go to his mat, provide a little gesture and say YES and reward when he does.

Continue working on adding distance away from your dog’s mat and lessening the gesture until eventually your dog responds to his verbal cue from across the room without any gestures. Through your dog training lessons and proofing, you will eventually teach your dog to be able to go to his mat and stay even around distractions.


Can you think of a time in your life where this training behavior can come in handy? Tell me in the comments.

Cool Tricks to Teach Your Dog |Teaching Your Dog to Go to His Bed or Station. Teaching your dog to go to a specific place on cue and stay can help in a variety of ways. You can teach your dog to go to his spot when the doorbell rings, when you’re eating dinner, or even when you want to clean up a spill. It’s a great behavior to use when teaching a variety of dog tricks and freestyle dog dancing.
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I thought it would be a good day to talk about how to teach your dog to back up or walk backward. Back when I trained service dogs, this was a behavior we taught all the service dogs. This allowed people in wheelchairs the option of just moving backward in a tight spot and their service dog would back up in position.

Dog Training and Teaching Dog Tricks: Teaching Your Dog To Back Up or Move Backward

Dog Tricks and Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Cool Dog Tricks: Teaching Your Dog To Back Up or Move Backward

I thought it would be a good day to talk about how to teach your dog to back up or walk backward. Back when I trained service dogs, this was a behavior we taught all the service dogs. This allowed people in wheelchairs the option of just moving backward in a tight spot and their service dog would back up in position.
Teaching dog tricks: backing up

Did you know today is National Backwards Day? I know, crazy, isn’t it? I thought it would be a good day to talk about how to teach your dog to back up or walk backward. Back when I trained service dogs, this was a behavior we taught all the service dogs. This allowed people in wheelchairs the option of just moving backward in a tight spot and their service dog would back up in position.

For our pet dogs, this still is a dog trick or behavior that is more than just a fun trick—it can actually potentially save your dog’s life. How? Imagine you dropped a handful of pills and your dog immediately looked at the spill with enthusiasm. You could just as quickly ask your dog to “BACK” and have him move backward away from the poisonous pills. This split second would then allow you to either follow up with a STAY cue or remove your dog from the situation while you cleaned up the mess.

Or, what about when you are feeding a group of dogs and they are all hovering in the kitchen with anticipation? Using your dogs’ BACK cue again can get all your dogs to back up out of the area. Or when your dog is just too in your face? Same thing? Then, of course, there’s all the cute dog tricks and dog dance moves you can do if your dog knows how to back up.

Today is the day I will teach you how to teach your dog to back on cue. There are a variety of ways to teach your dog to back up. I will go over 2 of the most successful ways.

Teaching a dog to back up in tight spaces.

  1. Grab some healthy and tasty dog treats.
  2. Arrange your kitchen chairs or folding chairs to create an aisle just wide enough for you and your dog to be able to face each other inside, approximately 2′ wide.
  3. You walk slowly backward inside your chair aisle as you encourage your dog to follow you. Before you hit the end of the aisle, take one or two steps forward toward your dog. As soon as he takes one step back, say YES and follow up with a treat. You want to do this very quickly to help your dog walk backward and not sit. If he sits, start over. Timing is everything in this first step.
  4. As you and your dog get the hang of step 3, increase the steps your dog takes backward before saying YES and treating. So, instead of 1 step, he takes 2 steps, then 3, etc. If he ends up sitting, drop your criteria back to where he was successful and not sitting.
  5. When your dog is really getting step 4, start to walk toward your dog as he is walking backward, and allow him to continue to walk backward out of the chair aisle. Now your dog is really starting to get it.
  6. Once your dog is reliably walking backward and not sitting, it’s time to introduce your dog’s cue. Say, “BACK” just before you walk toward your dog. Now, he will start to associate the word with the action.
  7. Finally, remove the chair aisle, ask your dog to BACK, walk toward him, and when he takes a few steps back, YES and reward. Eventually, you will start to fade, then remove, your movement of walking toward your dog and only use your verbal cue, BACK.

Teaching a dog to back up in open spaces.

If you prefer or you do not have 4-6 chairs, you can teach your dog to back up without any props. However, this can be a bit trickier since your dog will have the option of just spinning around, moving in another direction or backing up crooked.

  1. Grab some healthy and tasty dog treats.
  2. Encourage your dog to come toward you, as soon as he does, place a treat right in front of his nose as you walk toward him.
  3. As soon as he takes a step back, say YES and follow up with a treat. Repeat this process until your dog is getting the hang of it.
  4. Once your dog is reliable and comfortable with step 3, wait until your dog takes more than one step backward before saying YES and treating. Then 3, 4, etc. As you progress his steps, watch his body and position. You want his backing up behavior to be pretty straight—if not, you will end up teaching him to circle backward! A trick for another day.
  5. Once your dog is reliably walking backward and not sitting, it’s time to introduce your dog’s cue. Say, “BACK” just before you walk toward your dog. Now, he will start to associate the word with the action.
  6. Finally, remove the food lure, ask your dog to BACK, walk toward him, and when he takes a few steps back, YES and reward. Eventually, you will start to fade, then remove, your movement of walking toward your dog and only use your verbal cue, BACK.

And there you have it. A fun and easy way to teach your dog to back up or walk backward.


Have you taught your dog to back up? Tell me in the comments.

I thought it would be a good day to talk about how to teach your dog to back up or walk backward. Back when I trained service dogs, this was a behavior we taught all the service dogs. This allowed people in wheelchairs the option of just moving backward in a tight spot and their service dog would back up in position.
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Teaching Dog Training Behaviors: Hand Target

Teaching Dog Training Behaviors: Dog Hand Target, Teaching a Dog to Touch Hand

Dog Training Behaviors: Hand Target

Teaching a dog to place his nose on the palm of a hand is one of my favorite behaviors to teach a dog. In my humble opinion, I think hand targeting or touch is one of the most useful dog training tools we can have. There are so many practical ways we can use this simple behavior to our advantage. I will go over just a few that I actively use, but there are much more uses of a hand target.

Some useful ways to use a hand target or touch behavior include:

  • Polite greeting or not jumping
  • Saying “hi” when nervous, confidence building
  • Moving your dog from one spot to another
  • Distracting your dog from something else
  • Using your TOUCH as a lure to teach new behaviors in place of using a food lure
  • Once a cue (word) is attached to the touch behavior, you can use it to have your dog touch other things, like a ball, vacuum cleaner, sticky note, etc. to teach new behaviors and tricks
  • Come when called behavior
  • Helping your dog not mouth hands or feel uncomfortable around hand movement
  • A lot of dogs LOVE doing it

As with all dog training behaviors, there are a variety of ways to teach your dog what you want. Of course, in my opinion, and in the eyes of animal behavior scientists, the only way is through positive, gentle methods. Here are two techniques I often use when teaching a dog to hand target.

Teaching a Dog to Hand Target: Way 1

  • Present your open palm to your dog, as you slowly move you and your hand away from your dog in a smooth motion to pique your dog’s interest to follow. Allow your dog to catch up to your hand. He either will touch your palm, or get close to touching it. This is when you say, “YES!” and toss a food treat away from you so your dog leaves to go eat it. He will then turn around and start to approach you again. Once again, use the palm of your hand, and gesture to encourage another touch of the nose. YES! and toss a treat. Repeat about 5-10 times.
  • Once you are confident that your will actually touch your palm as he is going in for the touch, say your target word just before. Touch, Push, Nose, Target, etc. It’s important not to use a word until your dog is reliably doing a behavior.
  • Now that he is becoming increasingly more reliable, you can increase the difficulty level by making your hand higher, or lower, or add a small distraction.

Teaching a Dog to Hand Target: Way 2

  • Get about 5′ away from your dog, drop your hand to your dog’s nose level and wiggle your fingers. Allow your dog to sniff your fingers, and when he does say, “YES!” as you pick them up and toss him a treat away from you. Remember, tossing a food treat away from you allows you the opportunity to do the behavior again. Repeat this exercise about 5-10 times.
  • Once you are confident that your will actually touch your fingers, it’s time to change your hand position from fingers to an open palm. Repeat the above exercise, but with an open palm.
  • Now that your dog is actively touching his nose to your palm, just as he is going in for the touch, say your target word just before. Touch, Push, Nose, Target, etc. It’s important not to use a word until your dog is reliably doing a behavior.
  • Now that he is becoming increasingly more reliable, you can increase the difficulty level by making your hand higher, or lower, or add a small distraction.

When you get to the point that your dog is reliably touching his nose to your palm, you can use it in various applications. Below you will see the two ways to get started, along with some dog training students using a hand target for polite greeting.


Does your dog know how to hand target? Tell me in the comments.

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