Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dog Training Basics: Getting the Behavior

I think one of the hardest steps for people who cross over to positive reinforcement based training is learning how to get a dog to start performing a behavior. If we have experience with mild force-based methods, such as verbally telling the dog to … Continue reading

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Posted in Clicker, Dog training hints, Operant conditioning | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

You’re Too Close! Dogs and Body Pressure

So you are standing at a party, or in your office, or on your front lawn. Someone you know only vaguely walks up to you. He walks up very close, face to face, close enough that you can see up his … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Human and dog misunderstandings, Human body language, Stress Signals | Tagged , , , , | 28 Comments

Summer’s Turtle Diary

I was reminded again this week of the awesome olfactory capabilities of dogs. My dog Summer has a passion for turtles. Passion is maybe not the right word. Fixation, love-hate relationship. She wants to get them and chew them up. … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dogs and prey, Dogs' sense of smell, Predation, Scent work | Tagged | 6 Comments