I always heard that owning a dog would be fun, but I never realized how rewarding it could be until I got Paige. Over the past four years, I learned a lot about the amount of work and patience that goes into training a talented border collie like her. I brought Paige home when she was only 10 weeks old, and since that day, our bond has only grown stronger. I can always count on her to be by my side with a smile on her face. If you know me, you know my dog, Paige!
She is a dutiful workaholic that can quickly familiarize herself with any new trick. Her aptitude for these activities continually amazes me. She has limitless energy and continuously makes me laugh! Despite her silly antics, dog training has become one of my most favorite hobbies and my strongest passion; something I never thought I would enjoy this much before I got Paige. Along with tricks, we also spend much of our time together training and participating in competitive obedience, agility, flyball, and even canine freestyle…we love it all! She attacks these with a veracity matched by none.
We have produced numerous trick videos of Paige which have been posted to YouTube. Slowly but surely, Paige has developed a large fan base. Her popular videos have given rise to large media opportunities such as being published in Reader’s Digest, appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, and most recently, appearing on two 1800PetMed commercials which are now airing nationally!
When training, I use clicker training to teach her behaviors and tricks. Positive reinforcement entails rewarding, or reinforcing, a dog for desired behavior with food, toys, praise, or the environment. Clicker training is a way of training animals in which desirable behavior is marked with a click and then reinforced, making the behavior more likely to happen in the future. By using this method of training, Paige has flourished.
Paige is my best friend and I love her beyond measure
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