Foot Targets – Let Me Count The Ways I Love You!

Who would ever have thought the lonely little foot target could be such an important tool in teaching our dogs so many behaviours and concepts?  But just how helpful are they?  Well, it depends on the type of foot target and what you’re using it for.

Let’s consider a couple of basic foot targets and some corresponding behaviours they can assist you with. This will by no means cover everything, but it gives the novice or beginner trainer a clearer understanding of when they might use a specific type of FOOT TARGET.

Location, Location, Location!

So you’ve worked hard and … you now have a Level 1 pass under your belt.  Congratulations!  In our opinion, you’ve now got a great range of foundation skills that will serve you well going forward. So … what about those Plus levels? The Plus levels are...

Engagement and Why We Require It

Engagement is a super difficult skill for some teams, especially if you have a high-drive dog that is in the habit of going straight to work and if personal interaction or play has not been part of the dog’s upbringing. So why do we insist? Because eventually,...

Targets and Distance

The TEAM program advocates for the use of targets when teaching the skill of dogs going away from us and to develop the execution of skills at a distance.  Let’s take a closer look at this principal, and where the challenge lies.  To demonstrate the concept, we will...

Placement of Rewards

The TEAM program encourages clean training without food/toy visible in your hand to have your dog perform. The TEAM Level 3 test takes this concept further and looks at two new components: 1.       Working when the reward is off your body and at a distance. 2.      ...

About Team

TEAM is a virtual titling program that focuses on excellent training progression. 

Each level adds complexity for the dog-handler team, presenting them with a wide range of interesting skills to master right from the start.

There’s no reason to hold back on distance work or jumping exercises while teaching your dog to heel!