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Blog posts by Elsa Blomster

Elsa Blomster is a Swedish dog trainer, instructor and author of the book “Retrieving for all Occasions”. She has three Golden Retrievers and she trains and has competed in obedience, rally obedience, tracking, working tests, field trials, and has obtained official qualifications in all these disciplines. In her every-day life she works as an organizational developer in IT for a construction company. Elsa is a popular instructor - holding courses in Sweden, Denmark and Norway on retrieving and clicker training. When her pupils a few years ago said to her “Training this way is so great and it’s so pleasant not having to be harsh to my dog”, “Why didn’t I come to you earlier for gun dog training” and “You should write a book about it” – it certainly warmed her heart and Elsa started to write the book “Retrieving for all Occasions” – recently published in the UK and the US – together with her ”partner in crime” Lena Gunnarsson. Together they own a publishing company – Klickerförlaget Göteborg AB - where they publish books, films and arrange clinics and courses about positive dog training. Elsa Blomster at Google+

Straight Lines Over Obstacles

A straight line from A to B might seem obvious to us, but it’s not at all as obvious to the dog. Particularly in hilly terrain or if there are obstacles such as fences, fallen trees or brushwood in the way. Running straight across a football field or along a path...

Joining the dark side!

After the hard decision to find a new home for Seeker I still knew that I wanted a dog to train. I also knew that I didn’t want a puppy. That doesn’t fit with our family situation at the moment and I felt that puppy training wasn’t what I wanted...

Useful and fun work

A couple of weeks ago I, Seeker, Seeker, Lena & Tassla were helping out on a protective hunt for pigeons. It was both useful work and a great opportunity for me to see where Seeker and I were at in training. Seeker finds it difficult to hold himself togehter when...

Ludde has crossed the rainbow bridge

In mid May, we had to make the most difficult decision a dog owner have to take – to let go of your beloved dog. Ludde was my first dog and my master guide into the world of dogs. When I bought Ludde, my only preference was that I wanted a white golden retriever...

The Seven Deadly Sins

When we had made some progress in writing the book (Retrieving for All Occasions), we played around with creating a summary under the caption ”The Seven Deadly Sins”. Unfortunately the text couldn’t fit into the printed version of the book, so we’re publishing it here...

Back to basics

I claim that one can pass a novice cold game trial in Sweden through working on deliveries, steadiness and heeling (providing, naturally, that the dog is interested in hunting and will pick up game). I constantly go back to those basics, both in my own training and...
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