Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sound Masking for Reactive Dogs

If you have: a dog who reacts to noises while at home; a smart phone or tablet that can send a signal to wireless speakers; and wireless speakers …I have a hint to share.**  What I’m going to describe is … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs' hearing, Fear, Management, Sound sensitivity | Tagged , , , , | 27 Comments

It Would Have Been 11 Years

I got my dear little Cricket from rescue on December 29, 2002, at around age 6 or 7. She left this world on May 31, 2013. We had 10 1/2 years together, for which I am forever grateful. I miss … Continue reading

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Posted in Old dogs, Retrospective, Tribute | Tagged , | 13 Comments

Summer Punches It

I have learned a lot in the last three months. Yes, that’s how long it has taken for me to get Summer’s target behavior where I really wanted it. Back in September I published a post about the many ways … Continue reading

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Posted in Clicker, Cues, Dog training hints, Examples for Teachers, Positive Reinforcement, Training philosophy | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Stimulus Control, Or Lack Thereof

I mentioned in a comment last week that I’m not very good at stimulus control. Then something happened this morning that demonstrates that really, really well. Stimulus control in training is all about response to cues, and goes like this: … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Dog training hints, Terminology | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Is Hide and Seek All Fun and Games?

Eric Brad posted a really great question this last summer on his FaceBook page, Canine Nation. Yes, it’s December now. It takes me this long to mull things over sometimes. Have any of you ever used a technique for teaching/encouraging … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior analysis, Fear, Negative Reinforcement, Play, Punishment | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Goodie or Doodie? A Changing Antecedent

Priiiiiiingggggg! I use WordPress.com to host this blog. It has a smartphone app. The app is most useful to me for checking statistics and getting notifications. The app has a pleasant little sound effect. You can assign it to sound … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior analysis, Classical conditioning, Cues, Punishment, Reinforcement | Tagged , | 23 Comments

Teaching A Dog to Back Up

You want to see how to teach a dog to back up without walking into them? Today I’m featuring a video I made about that in 2011 that is quite popular on YouTube, but that I have never shown here. … Continue reading

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Posted in Clicker, Dog training hints, Examples for Teachers, Negative Reinforcement, Positive Reinforcement, Reinforcement | Tagged , , | 25 Comments