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Owner: Mike Longchamps, Photo: Erika A. Photography

Meet Kowboy Fred. He is now a fit strong three year old boy that is enjoying disc dog. Kow is a good loyal hard working dog every day. Sometimes he jumps even when it's not needed—he loves to jump. Spring, summer, fall and winter we play all year long.

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Training and Care — Tip Of The Week

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Excerpt #98

Tricks—Roll Over

This one is a classic, but most owners never succeed in teaching it to their dog because they use the wrong method or aren't patient enough. You need to teach the "Down" command before you try this one.

1. Start with your dog in the "Down" position.

2. The idea is to lure your dog's attention backwards, over her shoulder. You can do this with a target stick or a treat. Lure the dog's attention around until she's looking back over her shoulder. When she is, click and give the treat.

3. Repeat this move until your dog can do it consistently. Then move on to the next phase of the movement.

4. Do the same thing again, but this time take the lure further around the dog's back. This will force her to turn her head and begin to roll over. Repeat this action until your dog does it consistently.

5. Once your dog is doing this consistently, move on to the last stage – getting her to roll over completely. Just draw the lure around her shoulder and all the way around until she rolls onto her back and over to the other side.

6. After he can do the move consistently, start using the voice command "Roll Over" just before she starts to roll.

This final step should be repeated until you can get your dog to do it consistently. You might not get through all five steps the first time you try. You might have to build up slowly. It's important to work on this move in phases. If you try to lure your dog into a complete roll right from the start, she'll just end up turning her head one way then the other trying to get at the lure.

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"A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of."

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