In writing this book, I am
thinking of my students. As I think back over the
years, there have been many things that I’ve been asked
for help with and from those many things certain common
threads have emerged. Some folks contacted me to
avoid problems in the future while others have come to try
to undo mistakes of the past and fix the problems that
have resulted. Some have been more experienced than
others while some have been victims of bad advice.
In many cases, I find myself thinking I wish they had
known/done the “right something” back at a more
Whether it be a young puppy or an older dog, whether it
comes from a breeder or a rescue, in all but a very few
instances the new family dog was acquired for
companionship and enjoyment. My goal is to simply
help make this happen.
The core message of this
book is about building a thoroughly-enjoyable
relationship with your dog. I believe people can
accomplish this if they:
1. Start early - the earlier the
2. Realize what they want.
3. Understand the nature of their
relationship as it is now.
4. Define what might be missing.
5. Redefine the relationship to
include desired elements.
6. Begin the training that will make
all this possible.
I believe what is desired in a
relationship does not just happen; you take charge and
make it happen.
-Combining Speed, Accuracy
The "TE Challenge" (short
for Timed Event), is a pentathlon of exercises that a dog
and handler must complete together, as they race against
the clock. The degree of difficulty of each series of
exercises increases from "Level 1" to "Level 4" and they
are modeled after standard obedience exercises. Speed,
accuracy and obedience make-up the standard against which
each team competes.
Identifying Personality Types
“You can’t tell the Players without a Scorecard”
dog and each owner have their own unique personality and
social style (how one relates to those around
them). One important question to consider is how
best to utilize those traits to best build a great
relationship you both can enjoy.