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Blog posts by Elsa Blomster

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Elsa Blomster is a Swedish dog trainer, instructor and author of the book “Retrieving for all Occasions”. She has one Golden Retriever and one Labrador Retriever and she trains and has competed in working tests, field trials, obedience, rally obedience, tracking, 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 - teaching courses in Sweden, Denmark, Norway Finland, Switzerland and the UK among other places - on retrieving and clicker training. When her pupils 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” 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.

And the winner is…

Reading through all entries in the contest was a real joy! Here are a few of your thoughts: Biggest challenge is to keep it fun bor both of us so as to be able to go through real distractions It has been a great experience to get training tipps every day and it was...

Heelwork webinar

The heelwork challenge that we’ve had the last couple of weeks has been so much fun! We’ve really enjoyed following all of you in your training! During the challenge we’ve recieved quite a few questions – and we believe that you have lots of...

Day 18: Will the heelwork ever be done?

Last day of the heelwork challenge! I hope that you feel that your heelwork has improved – at least mine has. I would like to send you some final, summary words – and of course know how many heelwork sessions you have done in the past few weeks. The one...

Day 16: Bouncing ball?

Something that often happens when walking to heel is that the dog gets a bit too excited and moves around like a bouncing ball – it walks a little too far ahead, jumps back, walks nicely a step or two, walks ahead a little too far, jumps back, and so on. It...

Day 15: Heelwork – level: Nerd

I like measurable things, bars and charts. If it’s possible to measure something, I would love to do so – preferably in Excel. When I started to clicker train , I did a lot of logging of different behaviors I trained, but in the gun dog training I...

Day 14: Who are you walking with?

Many dogs quickly build an expectation of who’s really in charge – it’s that interesting person with the gun or the dummies .All of a sudden, the dog walks to heel with them instead of with you … Tassla walks to heel … with the guns The...

Day 13: Leash off means walk to heel

I like to teach my dogs “default” behaviors, things that they should do even though I don’t say anything but the situation itself tells them what to do. One such behavior is that when I take off the leash, the dog should walk by my side (if I am in...
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