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Happy Birthday River!

It’s been 3 years of trees, sheep, and other drugs.  When I found out baby River was available, I was eager to meet her. I knew my next pup would be a Border Collie. I also knew how fascinated I was with Silvia Trkman’s Bi, her naughty girl who threw her for a loop with all kinds of training challenges.  When I met baby River I knew she was a challenge, and also, that she had to be mine. Aloof, affectionate, and always looking for the shortcut to getting some cookies, I was mesmerized by her perspective on life. So

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The Play Hard Collection Retires

The PLAY HARD Collection is sold out, and now retired. But, I wanted to give it one last send-off! As a limited edition collection, there was only a few or less of each item available. As they sold out, the closet got emptier and emptier. I was sad to see them go, but happy they would be well used and loved in their new homes during the first phase of lockdown in North America. Would you like to see another limited edition collection of toys as you train and compete at home? Please leave a comment and let me know,

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Shaping a Retrieve to Hand: Part 1

A retrieve to hand (described in a forward chain) starts with the dog going to the object, and picking it up in their mouth. This is where River and I are starting our retrieve-to-hand shaping project. River is being rewarded for any interaction with the object, and jackpotted for the best interactions with it. Jackpot-worthy interactions include pawing, nose touching, or opening her mouth. I also jackpot for anything creative that River comes up with! At this early stage of training, River exhibits a preference for wanting to pick up and then flick the object that she is holding. I

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Shaping a Retrieve to Hand: Introduction

Retrieving to hand is a fundamental skill for sports dogs. When a dog executes a retrieve to hand, she runs after the toy (whether it be thrown or static), picks it up and holds it in her mouth and returns to the handler. When the dog reaches the handler, she will push the toy into the palm of her human’s hand. This action initiates play with the handler. Play might take the form of tugging, throwing the toy again, opening the toy to reveal food, or unformalized forms of silliness. There are huge advantages to a retrieve to hand –

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Canadians pay in CAD!

Canadian dollar is low- but we’re sure not gonna let that affect any dog training! Whatever your order’s US total is at checkout is what you’ll pay in CAD.  Canadians must select the “EMT” option at checkout in order to receive this benefit. Paypal and credit cards will continue to be charged in USD. Billing and shipping address must be located in Canada for this offer to apply. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPGEpdQwnY0 Please note that this is a temporary offer and is subject to change as North America recovers from the coronavirus crisis. 

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Brie’s Response to COVID-19

My primary concern given the COVID-19 pandemic is the health & wellbeing of my customers and staff.  As of this posting,  Snuffles & Tugs is operating normally All Canadian, US, and international bound shipments are shipping normally.  At this point you might be wondering if there are any negative consequences to receiving a parcel from Snuffles & Tugs.  According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is likely very low risk that the COVID-19 can be spread from products or packaging, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces. Currently, there is no evidence to support the

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