Monthly Archives: October 2013

Another Look at a Fearful Dog

Little Zani is not sound sensitive in general. She thinks thunderstorms and fireworks are great, since they predict spray cheese at our house. Things like vacuums and generators she is good with. And she hears various beeps, dings, and various … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Fear, Stress Signals | Tagged , | 17 Comments

The False Hypothesis of the Pack

Hey! “Pack theory” is not a theory at all! Theories vs Hypotheses One of the biggest misunderstandings between science folk and lay folk is the definition of the word, “theory,” and here we are adding to that misunderstanding. In science, … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog behavior, Human and dog misunderstandings, Terminology, Training philosophy | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Leaving the Scene: Clarifying the Science of Negative Reinforcement

Negative reinforcement is really, really easy to get mixed up about. Recently I read something that quite bothered me until I did a little research and figured it out. I’d like to share what I learned with you. What I’m … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior analysis, Dog training hints, Fear, Negative Reinforcement, Operant conditioning, Positive Reinforcement, Premack Principle, Reinforcement, Terminology | Tagged | 21 Comments

But Isn’t it Punishment to Withhold the Treat?

Lots and lots of people think that if you withhold the treat you are punishing the dog. Some will ask the above question in a gleeful, challenging way, feeling certain that they have caught the positive reinforcement based trainers in … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior analysis, Extinction, Operant conditioning, Punishment, Terminology, Training philosophy | Tagged , , | 36 Comments

Don’t Look Now! The Benefits of Window Film for the Household with Reactive Dogs

Do you have a reactive dog, or one who simply barks too much at things he sees out the window? And do you also care about how your house looks and value natural light ? There is something you can … Continue reading

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Posted in Arousal, Dog training hints, Fear, Management, Reactivity | Tagged , , | 52 Comments

Places! Mat Training for Multiple Dogs

I recently got a new reader with multiple dogs (Seven of them! Hi Donna!) who was very complimentary about my posts on that topic. I respond very well to positive reinforcement, so here is another “multiple dogs” post. The previous … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog training hints, Multiple dogs | Tagged , , | 27 Comments