The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) website offers some great information regarding solving behavioral issues.
All learned behaviors have a trigger and a reinforcement. All too often we try to change the behavior without understanding what the triggers and reinforcements are for that behavior. If the trigger and the reinforcement are removed then the behavior will decrease or even stop. If the triggers and reinforcement can not be removed then teaching a replacement behavior for the unwanted behavior might a good solution.
Another approach might be to put the behavior on command. Then you can teach your dog to not perform the behavior. Click on the link below and watch a video of someone putting an unwanted behavior on command. It's pretty cool!
Minnesota 4-H Junior Showmanship - this is a great resource explaining general information about Junior Showmanship and displays typical gaiting patterns.
Virginia 4-H Junior Showmanship judges the handler and dog team using the following criteria:
DOG PRESENTATION - Handler should control and show the dog to the best advantage, using proper breed procedure, both when stacked and in motion. Handler should present the dog in a quiet, efficient manner and with economy of motion. Handler should never distract nor interfere with the judge's vision of the dog.
RING PROCEDURE - Handler should follow directions, use space wisely and execute gaiting patterns as directed.
DOG GROOMING - Dog should be groomed and trimmed to show its best lines and coat.
APPEARANCE - Handler should be suitably dressed in clothes that will not hinder nor distract from dog's overall presentation.
RING CONDUCT - Handler should appear prepared, confident and attentive, always displaying good sportsmanship.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE - Handler should be knowledgeable about his/her dog, dog anatomy, and able to respond to up to three breed specific questions.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIPAKC Junior Showmanship Judging Guide
Club Dog Breed Standards:
Click here to find out about Agility Events and Trials and download entry forms.
(There are a few other trialing organizations, but these are the ones that offer regular trials in our region.)
Last year at the 2010 Virginia 4-H State Dog Show, current North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) rules were generally applied.
AGILITY FOUNDATION SKILLS
Learn more - Magazine for Agility Lovers: Clean Run You can also learn more from joining their yahoo discussion group.
Watch videos of agility runs and learn more about handling at Agility in Motion
Dogwise - a great online bookstore for dog training enthusiasts
Tawzer Dog - learning materials, you can subscribe to borrow materials (like Netflix).
Clean Run - THE magazine, yahoo group, and store for agility handlers of all levels; top handlers in the world write for the magazine and offer advise on the yahoo group.
Dog Star Daily - a wealth of general information on training and handling behavioral issues by Ian Dunbar.
Dog Scouts of America - also lots of information on training, behavioral issues and activities for you and your dog
J and J Dog Supplies - source for dog training equipment
Silvia Trkman - an amazing trainer and agility handler, browse her website for lots of trick training ideas
Say Yes Dog Training - website of Susan Garrett, one of the leading agility dog trainers. Great information on training posted on the websiteDogmantics
For male dogs that are chronic markers, cleaning all the odor away helps prevent repeat marking. But management also is also essential. Confinement can help and interrupting him as he "poses" to go.
For males who mark, belly bands might be helpful such as: http://www.amazon.
The belly band has a pad that catches the urine so your dog won't soil in the house. Have the dog wear the belly band in the house when you're not able to supervise, and only take it off when he is outside. Once he's eliminated outdoors and been rewarded, the belly band goes back on to keep your walls and furniture clean.