Category Archives: Play

Rescue Me! (Part 1)

If your dog wanted to jump into your lap or hide behind you when another dog was bugging her, would you let her do so? If you did, would you be reinforcing fear? Friends and Playmates My dogs Zani and … Continue reading

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Posted in Fear, Play | 13 Comments

The Gravity Game

Clara has always loved playing ball. She enjoys chewing balls up and chasing them in equal measure. When she was a pup and adolescent it was a joy to watch her shape herself into quite an athlete, in her drive to chase down and … Continue reading

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Posted in Play, Toys and Play | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

I’m So Glad I Had the Camera!

Something pleasant for a Monday morning: Eileenanddogs Funniest Home Videos! Here are three incredible and adorable moments that I am very grateful to have on film. Zani Uses a Tool I literally grabbed the camera and turned it on to … Continue reading

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Posted in Fun, Humor, Play, Toys and Play, Tricks | Tagged , | 16 Comments

Boing! Capturing a Trick and Putting it on Cue

I’ve got antecedents and cues on the mind lately. So here’s a little video showing how I captured and started putting a cue onto a darling behavior of little Zani’s. I can get her to do it with a prop … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Dog training hints, Fun, Play, Tricks | Tagged , | 3 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

7 Great Benefits of Flirt Pole Play for You and Your Dog

Two Dogs’ Experiences with the Flirt Pole If you have been following the blog, you may have seen that young Clara is an absolute maniac for the flirt pole. It is right up there with playing ball in her list of favorite … Continue reading

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Posted in Enrichment, Fun, Play, Reinforcement, Toys and Play | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments

Wordless Wednesday: Clara got Mail!

Watch as Clara deftly opens her package from GoughNuts. We are not affiliated with the company and were not asked to feature their products. We’re just very happy customers: Clara because she loves the balls, and myself because they are … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs' sense of smell, Fun, Play, Toys and Play | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

High Speed Nosework

Just a little fun for the middle of the week. Clara can now find her ball anywhere in the yard in under a minute. I’m going to have to start burying it, or get a bigger yard. Or I know! … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Dogs' sense of smell, Play, Scent work | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments