All of our training is reward based; for instance, when the puppies are very young they learn that white tiles are places to find portions of dinner so they are classically conditioned to want to go to sniff the square, white scent cloths when it comes to competing. For the distant control exercise, we play…Every year hundreds of puppies are mass produced to supply the demand that pet stores have. Hundreds of poorly bred, poorly treated unsuspecting innocent animals are crowded into unfit conditions and shipped all across the country. Puppy mills are at their highest production rate and unscrupulous breeders start planning their litters just at that time...Misfortune is something that befalls others. At least in our own selfish way, we like to think so. However we know from experience that we do suffer misfortune, and sadly even tragedy, at times during our lives. For those in dogs one of the worst things is literally losing a dog! And I know now...Do you discourage or encourage fellow competitors? Do you tell them their goals are too lofty and their dreams too big? Are you trying to be helpful or trying to keep them from accomplishing something that you never had the ability or perseverance to do yourself? It is equally as harmful to steal joy by...Man for centuries has tried various methods to improve performance. Some of the methods have stood the test of time, others have not. Those who first conducted research on this topic believed that the period of early age was a most important time for stimulation because of its rapid growth and development. Today, we know...As the first anniversary of his death approaches I now feel that I can share what an extraordinary dog Alf was during his lifetime.! My journey Alf began two years before his birth. I was visiting with friends at a dog show in Northern California when my friend’s daughter approaches with this small Am Staff.The first time I watched handlers walking a Rally course, talking and giving hand signals, pretending their absent dogs were performing the exercises, I thought Boy, this is dumb. On that day, my Staffie Ace and I were entered in the obedience Open A Class. As it turned out, he never earned his CDX, (Companion...Most of all our senior dogs can’t be topped for being our constant companions. They have spent their lifetime learning our ways, never judging, never abandoning us. Teaching us patience and tolerance, love and joy. Burrowing their little paw prints further into our hearts, never letting go. They take us humans for what we are....Dooee loves puppies and has helped raised all the Kimbastaff litters over the years, as we are no longer breeding and Dooee heads into his twilight years he is now instrumental in the rehabilitation of many of the rescues that we take in teaching them manners and general Stafford behaviour. The years have been good...