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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Awesome trick by Kyra Sundance and Jadie

I got to see some of Kyra Sundance's tricks while she was here in San Diego, and my favorite trick by far was this highly complex one :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Cometh! And Kikopup is working on a new video...

We are shooting Kiko, Splash, Tug and Trisch while they act in "Halloween 3" today. I'm really excited to start getting it edited!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Is your dog scared of Halloween decorations?

This video shows how you can teach your dog the game "go check it out" to build your dogs confidence around weird things- such as halloween lawn decorations

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pet365's nice post on Dog Development

Dog Development
Dog Development graphic created by Pet365 - a UK stockist of stunning dog beds and brands like Hamish McBeth. Click here to view the full post.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Chase games

Chasing games are a great way to play and interact with your dog and build your reinforcement value to your dog. However, the easiest game to play is to have your dog chase you, rather than you chase your dog. Some dogs can find chasing so reinforcing that they might start offering running away whenever you approach them. If you put rules on the game where you chase your dog, you can make sure your dog will not run away from you every time you run towards your dog. One way of doing this is to have a cue to mean "run away, we are playing the chase game". Another option is only play the chase game in one particular place- like around a sofa in your house, or in a certain place in your house, and never encourage the game anywhere else.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Adult dog mentors- Raising a puppy

Having your puppy around sound adult dog mentors is a great way for puppies to learn the skills of living in a modern world. This does not mean, letting the adult dog correct the puppy constantly, but instead setting the puppy up to succeed in the presence of the adult dog by reinforcing calm choices and preventing the puppy from practicing undesirable behavior. A lot of puppy classes focus on puppies learning to learn from other puppies, and this can lead to some unwanted behaviors- like over excited play, or no impulse control around other dogs, etc, so make sure your puppy has some adult dog mentors as well as playmates!

Friday, September 9, 2011

"Everything you can imagine is real."-Pablo Picasso

"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Use the weather to your advantage:

Use the weather to your advantage:

Depending on the dog, there can be an extreme difference in behavior in relation to different temperatures. So use it to your advantage to yield faster results.

Hot weather- Work on separation anxiety, handling issues, reactivity, and any training situations where you want your dog to be calm and relaxed. However keep in mind that you don’t want your dog to overheat. An example: Working on separation anxiety with a Chihuahua by leaving the dog alone in a room lying in a patch of sun, rather than on a chilly evening. Or counter conditioning your dog to nail trimming in the yard in the sun while he’s laying in your lap spread out.

Cold weather- use the evening zoomies time to your advantage to work on a trick that needs speed and enthusiasm.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Reach for the sky...

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”- Michelangelo

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Behaviors Are Like Notes on a Piano

“Think of your dog’s repertoire of behaviors as keys on a piano. To create variety you will need to play songs of different length, tempo, and tune- Never play the same song repetitively. Never play all the notes just because they are there!”- kikopup

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Art of Trick Dogging- Set of 4 DVDs

Here is the link to 'The Art of Trick Dogging' DVDs:

Produced by: Tawzer Dog LLC

Copyright© 2011, all rights reserved

Run Time: 7 hrs 40 min

The Art of Trick Dogging: Two Day Workshop by Emily Larlham

Trick Dogging is not only a great way to bond with your dog, but it increases your dog's confidence, strength, fitness, balance, flexibility, and bodily awareness. It is also a great way to increase one's own training skills.
In this DVD you will learn how to teach the core positions, movements and placements of trick dogging from which to build very simple to the most complex tricks and behaviors.

Some topics covered are teaching backwards tricks, advanced object holding, paw work and double dog tricks.

This DVD also goes over the most important skills for getting your pet into commercials, movies and magazines, as well as how to train your dog fun service dog skills such as putting laundry away, and turning on light switches. It also covers the basics of getting the perfect start in teaching Freestyle Frisbee.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Article on Progressive Reinforcement in Dutch Dog Mag

Last month an article written on Progressive Reinforcement Training by Esther Teunissen was published in Me & My Dog. I am very pleased to see interest in Progressive Reinforcement growing!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Seminar DVD released!

Click here to order the 5 set of DVDS from Tawzer Dog LLC

Manufacturer: Tawzer Dog LLC

5 DVD Set (plus 1 handout CD-Rom)

Produced by: Tawzer Dog LLC

Copyright © 2011, all rights reserved

Run Time: 9 hrs

photography by: Dennis Fehling

On this seminar dvd, you'll learn creative ways to teach dogs new skills as well as how to deal with problem behaviors. If you are new to training or feel like your training could use some spicing up, this dvd is for you! It should be great for freestylers, agility and obedience competitors, dog trainers, even regular pet lovers with shy dogs who need a boost or boisterous dogs that need calming.Emily takes your dog training creativity and precision to the next level. From building calm foundation to default behaviors (ones the dog just does without being asked) to advanced trick training like hand stands, Emily is awesome! Great training can make any dog look brilliant and this seminar will also help you create a great bond and excellent skills around the house, too!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Let's go surfin now.... everybodies learnin' how....

Come on a safari with me!!!!

Pamela Johnson and I : the SD Canine Freestylers were helping out at a 4 H event teaching children how to teach their dogs in a humane respectful and safe way, as well as how to teach them some cool tricks!
At the next event booth over, they were teaching the kids how to teach their dogs to stand on a surf board. Splash and Pam's dog Izzie gave it a try!!!

A fun day was had by all!

(it was a very muddy day- we had some unusual San Diego weather the night before)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cool Article on the Origin of Small Dogs

This article from LiveScience states that origins of small dogs points to middle east several thousand years ago, as well as the fact that little dogs have a gene that larger breeds of dogs don't possess: IGF1 gene.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Introducing Kikopupextras- my second youtube channel

I have created another youtube channel where I can upload videos more frequently without worrying about annoying my subscribers of my main channel.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tug gets part in NBC commercial

Tug gets a part in an NBC commercial, the trick they wanted was a dog chasing his tail. Splash tried out for the same commercial, but she did her tail chasing in too of a sophisticated manner, and so the gig went to Tug who does it in a very demented fasion.