Category Archives: Examples for Teachers

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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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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Using a Training Plan to Retrain Summer’s “Target”

In our last episode, I shared how I messed up Summer’s hand (and object) targeting behavior six ways from Sunday. Now I will share the process of retraining it. When you follow directions from a book, such as the Training … Continue reading

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6 Ways I Messed Up My Dog’s Targeting

Hand targeting is usually suggested as a great behavior for new clicker trainers since it is easy to get and easy to define criteria for. I guess I didn’t read the brochure carefully enough because I messed up hand targeting … Continue reading

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Force-Free Training and the Continuum Fallacy: Defining Ourselves

Although this post is about discussions and accusations about humane training, it doesn’t provide fodder for pithy sound bites or snappy answers. The whole point of it is why it can be difficult to explain succinctly our position as science-based, … Continue reading

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Retomar o significado: Generalização

Para os meus leitores e seguidores portugueses. Retomar o significado: Generalização (link) Em Inglês Obrigada Vitor Faibam e Claudia Estanislau pela ajuda na tradução para a versão portuguesa. Note to all my international readers and viewers: I will be happy to … Continue reading

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Get Out of My Face! Teaching an Incompatible Behavior

Ever since she arrived at my home at the age of 10 weeks, Clara has been a challenge. One of her more problematic behaviors was her mugging of my face whenever it got within range. It happened all the time. … Continue reading

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The Barking Recall

Here is an “almost Wordless Wednesday” (except my videos tend to have a lot of words in them!). I have been working with Clara since she was tiny to make sure she didn’t “catch” some of Summer’s reactive behaviors, and … Continue reading

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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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