Workshops & Classes

Essential Watersports Behaviors

Why Use a Canine Life Jacket

Safety, Etiquette and Health

When It's Time for a Break

Benefits of Float Training

Color and Contrast for Dogs

Avoiding Swimmer's Tail

Dockside Duties Regulations


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Introduction to core behaviors:


A good foundation, built on fluent core behaviors, saves training time, builds canine confidence and the desire to learn more and expedites learning more complex behaviors.

Limited to 8 working teams.  

Basic enough for young or inexperienced dogs.  Builds fluency for intermediate dogs.

Instructor:  Deborah Lee Miller-Riley

Prerequisite:  Canine chin to palm behavior.  (can be taught at home before the workshop).

This is a compulsion-free, choice-based program, only bring a dog you can control with a simple safety connection, such as, a flat collar or a body harness and a lead.


Saturday, April 11th 2020,

four hours - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Paws and Effect Training Facility, Hamden,CT


     Audit (no dog worked) - $35.00 / $25.00 member

     Working Team YiPPI Member -  $85.00

     Working Team Non-Member -  $120.00

     (Ct. Sales tax included)


PUSH is a super useful and fun behavior for the dog.  From pushing a door open or closed, to pushing a ball to a target,  the dog learns to exert a force against an object to move it away or forward in a determined direction.    Our push training will involve the dog using its nose, muzzle, cheek or head to press against an object and cause it to move in a designated direction — toward a hand.

BRING is a retrieve action whereby the dog brings a desired object to the partner’s hand.  The core behaviors in retrieve work are:  wait, watch, go-follow travel direction,  locate the designated article, grasp and carry the article, return to the partner and place the article into the partner’s hand.  While some dogs are born with a natural desire to chase, capture and share the prize with a partner, most untrained dogs do not have a trained service retrieve — on cue, bring anything targeted by the partner to the partner's hand.  A sound service retrieve begins by reinforcing the dog for placing its chin into the partner’s hand. After the hand becomes a safe and valued target the dog is shown that pushing an object to the hand is highly reinforcing too.  The first goal, after hand targeting,  is to teach the dog that calmly, thoughtfully, and accurately placing an article in a hand is more valuable to the dog than an adrenaline driven chase. So our Bring-To-Hand training will involve teaching the dog to focus on the hand — pushing objects to hand, placing objects in their partner’s hand,  carrying objects and placing them in different people's hands.  We will discuss hand pointing, to identify target articles in the field, to teach discrimination when there are multiple articles in the field, and to teach travel pathways when the article is blind to the dog.

TAKE is an action whereby the dog grasps an identified article to hold-it and stay;  to hold-it and carry-it to a person (not their partner), a place ( shore start box) or a thing (platform, marker);  or,  to hold-it, carry-it and follow the partner.  This action is different from a Bring-to-hand, it is not a retrieve, it is a hold duration which may include transporting the article to a designated person, place or thing.  Teaching the cue to Bring to hand and the cue to Take and carry-it away are best taught simultaneously in different sessions to help the dog clearly understand there are two different actions.   This may avoid the extra time and struggle some teams have teaching the dog to Take the article to another person or place after they have strengthened the chase game for too long and made that habit the dog’s only desire.

About Fluency:  https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/training/fluency-and-generalization-in-dog-training/

“In order for a dog to truly know a behavior, we must take the time to specifically train for the many types of situations we are likely to encounter with our dogs. It’s not just about more practice – it’s about strategic practice. Taking the time to train a behavior to fluency helps ensure that the behavior works whenever and wherever you need it. It’s the difference between a dog who can come when called when you leave him in a sit, walk away, and call him, and a dog who can still come when called while in the middle of chasing a squirrel down your driveway toward traffic!”


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All Swim activity has been cancelled this year.  We hope to find a new swim site soon for next year.

All Swim activity has been cancelled this year.  We hope to find a new swim site soon for next year.