What is DOG TRAINING?  (Michael McManus)

Dog training is the application of behavior analysis which uses the environmental events of antecedents and consequences to modify the behavior of a dog, either for the dog to assist in specific activities or undertake particular tasks, or to participate effectively in contemporary domestic life.

There are many different types of dog training. The BVSTailwaggers Dog Club believes in balanced positive training techniques, and shaping.  We believe in reward based techniques, and aversive consequences. In other words, the trainer or handler shows the dog that their choices and behaviors can result in either pleasant or unpleasant results. We believe that obedience training is an excellent step in your partnership and relationship to your dog while having lot's of fun doing it!


Meg is scheduled to lead a workshop demonstrating what the judges are looking for when showing a dog's confirmation and helping participants appreciate what they see happening at an AKC Dog Show.

AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY (Megan Kaczmarczyk)

This is an exciting program designed to get dog owners/guardians off to a good start. It is an incentive program for dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic 6 week training program with an AKC certified trainer and are eligible to be enrolled in the AKC STAR PUPPY PROGRAM.  Pure breeds and mixed breeds welcome.

Benfits of training :

• How to best communicate with your puppy.

• Provide opportunity to socialize with other dogs.

• Get information on all your puppy questions including... diet, house training, chewing, and practical

  skills such as coming when called.  

• Puppy training is a natural lead into the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program.

• Puppy testing for AKC S.T.A.R.



Competitive Obedience is obedience training and having their abilities tested. Obedience can be likened to dressage, or gymnastics. The overall objective is to execute each exercise within a class with precision and accuracy, dog and handler working as a competitive team.

Developed in the 1930's, Obedience is one of the AKC'S oldest sporting events. It is essential that the obedience dog demonstrates willingness and enjoyment while it is working with the handler.

DOG AGILITY (Mary Dincau)

Dog Agility is a sport where the dog and it's owner (or trainer) run a course with lots of different obstacles in a certain amount of time.  To do well they must communicate and move as a team, which both seem to agree, is a gratifying experience.  (For a more inclusive definition go to our Agility page.)

DOG  JUTSU (Michael McManus)

I was inspired to develop the DogJutsu program because I felt that dog owners needed access to practical obedience that could be taken to a very high level (not competition obedience, which often doesn't translate into something you can use in the real world).


DogJutsu means 'The Art Of The Dog.' We focus on communication between humans and dogs building our understanding of the animals we live with.

Just like karate dojo, students progress through ranks.  Instead of colored belts, we use colored leads. There are 6 ranks: White, Yellow, Green, Red, Brown and Black.

DogJutsu incentivizes training by giving you opportunities to earn recognition for bite size amounts of training called Skills. The 11 core Skills are everything we think you and your dog need to learn in order to be happy, safe, and valued members of your community.


Nose work is a sport modeled after detection training for narcotics or bomb dogs. Dogs are taught to search for target odors in a variety of settings to create a brain challenging and extremely fun game for your dog to play.

A large portion of the dog's brain is dedicated to scent discrimination. Exercise their brain and you will have one tired dog!

TREIBBALL (Michael McManus)

Treibball is a positive-reinforcement, competitive dog sport which originated in Germany and entered sanctioned competition in 2008. Treibball is a very new and very fun sport. The dog must gather and drive large exercise balls into a soccer goal....NO verbal or physical corrections are used in Treibball. Herding dogs are natural candidates, but so are any dogs that like to play with balls and dogs that enjoy shaping games.

TRICK TRAINING (Megan Kaczmarczyk)

Trick training is an unusual action learned by a dog that often occurs, or is expected according to custom or habit. Theoretically then, this could mean any action or behavior that a human trains a dog to do on cue could be defined as a trick since dogs would not 'usually' do this for us on their own.  Most of what we train our dogs to do could be called tricks.

Dog trainers and handlers in the last few decades have become increasingly skilled in dog training techniques and have found that their dogs enjoy learning and performing tricks. They have noticed trick training enhances and builds relationships between dog and owner, and that trick-trained dogs delight and amaze audiences.  It is also fun! Some of the tricks that are taught are simple tricks like "sit," "shake hands," "spin in a circle,"  "fetch"  to more complex tricks like "jump through a hoop," "roll over," "put your toys away in a box," ringing the bell to go outside, getting and putting each toy away by the name of the toy, rolling up in a blanket, getting the newspaper from the mailbox, opening the refrigerator and bringing something to you and many more.

Dog Training Programs

Megan Kaczmarczyk

Certified Trick and



Michael McManus

and Natalie McManus

Guest Trainers

Mary Dincau

Agility Teacher

Meg Prior

AKA Competitor

and Judge