Monthly Archives: September 2012

A New Resource, and our Rally Weekend

I have published a permanent page on my blog that collects all the posts and videos I have made that I have been told are useful for dog trainers to show their students. It can be accessed here: Video Examples … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Discrimination, Dog training hints, Examples for Teachers, Human and dog misunderstandings | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Letting the Treat Fit the Feat: Real World Application

One upon a time there was an adolescent dog in an open admission shelter who had one day left. And a woman who knew nothing about dog training, already had a smaller dog, and made an impulsive decision to go … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog training hints, Reinforcement, Toys and Play, Training philosophy, Zen/Leave it | Tagged , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Let the Treat Fit the Feat

I am taking Susan Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals professional online course. Woo hoo! It is incredible. My brain is so happy with all the new stuff I am feeding it. And the sense of community created by how … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog training hints, Reinforcement, Toys and Play, Training philosophy, Treats | Tagged , | 9 Comments

Dogs Who Like to be Petted or Touched

Today I am offering more examples of dogs who enjoy being petted, or enjoy other types of human touch. (This is a followup to “Does Your Dog REALLY Want to Be Petted?”) And I’m encouraging humans again to figure out … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Dog training hints, Human and dog misunderstandings, Training philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Superstition Ain’t the Way

Definition of a Superstitious Behavior: Accidentally or unintentionally reinforced behavior where a behavior is reinforced but the reinforcement occurred by random chance instead of in accordance with a specific contingency.   —From the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals glossary I wrote when … Continue reading

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Posted in Clicker, Dog training hints, Operant conditioning | Tagged , , , , | 26 Comments

Lumping It: A Public Service Announcement

So maybe you are new to clicker training and you keep hearing people talking about lumping and how bad it is. Be a splitter, not a lumper, they say. You have a vague idea about it but maybe aren’t exactly … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog training hints, Generalization, Human and dog misunderstandings, Operant conditioning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments