Category Archives: Handling and Husbandry

Now Switch! Prompting the Dog to Change Feet When Scratching a Nail Board

I’ve been using a nail board (custom-made by Bob Rogers–thanks Bob and Marge!) with all three of my dogs for a few years now. I use it as an adjunct to trimming and Dremeling, and the dogs enjoy getting part of … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Handling and Husbandry, Making mistakes in dog training | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

See My Successes; See My Failures

I wrote in my first post that one of the things I have to offer the world is a window into my mistakes as a beginner trainer. Last week I posted an update on the smashing success of my feral dog … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Classical conditioning, Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Dog body language, Handling and Husbandry | Tagged , , | 18 Comments

Let Rats Decide

Wait a minute! I thought this was Eileenanddogs! Well, just for today, it is Eileenandrats. I write a lot about dog body language in this blog.  I discuss letting animals have a say in how and when they are handled and … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Handling and Husbandry, Rats as pets | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

Stinky Stuff on My Back! DS/CC for Flea Treatment

Thank you to Jennifer Titus and Debbie Jacobs for their help with the post and movie. All errors are my own and all clumsy training moments are in spite of their excellent counsel.  Before I got serious about training, I regarded … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Classical conditioning, Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Handling and Husbandry | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Just a Trick?

“Crossing over” is a phrase dog trainers use to refer to the act of giving up training that uses aversives and changing over to training that uses principally positive reinforcement: becoming a Humane Hierarchy trainer, a force-free trainer, or a … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Dog training hints, Fun, Handling and Husbandry, Toys and Play, Training philosophy, Tricks | Tagged , , , , , | 35 Comments

How to Give Your Dog a Pill: Several Methods

Emergency Method: If you are currently in a struggle trying to administer a pill to a reluctant dog, try the multiple meatball method. The other techniques in this blog are specialized and probably won’t help in an emergency situation. Link … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Dog training hints, Handling and Husbandry, Management, Treats | Tagged , | 17 Comments