I found this article in Science Daily

Improving babies’ language skills before they’re even old enough to speak

September 30, 2014
Rutgers University
In the first months of life, when babies begin to distinguish sounds that make up language from all the other sounds in the world, they can be trained to more effectively recognize which sounds “might” be language, accelerating the development of the brain maps which are critical to language acquisition and processing, according to new research.
Link to the full article: http://tinyurl.com/leqnwdp
Early experiences create beneficial changes in the brain of humans. My experience tells me the same is true for puppies.

Play Time for Puppipes

September 29, 2014 — Leave a comment

We do a lot of “work” with our puppies. Their early work is really directed play. But we make sure to give them plenty of free play time too.

Daily outings with a variety of environmental challenges stimulates the puppy’s mind and helps build a solid temperment so they ready for work later in life.

This is Carry the mother of the litter we have on the ground 08/2014 these pups will be ready to go 10/03/2014

We were experimenting with a new lens sorry about the window box.

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012 — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas All!

Wishing you and yours Health and Prosperity in the New Year


Keep Training


In all training the dog’s best effort comes when the he is highly motivated both internally and externally to perform. It is easier to make him do what he wants to do.

The best working dogs and hunting/competition retrievers have high retrieve or tug drive. To make the most effective use of this drive for reward we need a way for the dog to connect his actions with his pursuit of the tug or retrieve.

The Reward Marker

Pick a word or short sound that you will reserve for this marker. We will use classical conditioning to pair this cue with the tug or retrieve. I use “OK.”

Start your training session with your tug or retrieve item in your pocket. Give the dog one command he knows well and can complete quickly, for instance “Sit.” When he sits give your marker “OK” and then reach for the tug and give him a short tug or throw his toy for a retrieve.

Repeat this until he shows by his immediate and excited response that he knows the marker word “OK” means the tug/retrieve is coming.

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0521When conditioning the dog with e-collar to new commands it is a good idea to supply mechanical guidance to “get” the correct response. You want to make it as easy as possible to do the right thing and almost impossible to do the wrong thing. You don’t want to allow the dog to flounder around guessing what is required in this new situation.

Additionally you don’t want to overwhelm the dog with the mechanical aid to the point that he is not responding to the e-collar only the aid.

So  when introducing a new command with e-collar the rule is:

Use as much guidance as necessary,  as little as possible, fade the guidance as fast as possible but keep the leash or line on for a backup for a time even after the dog shows he will respond appropriately.