Monthly Archives: August 2012

Does Your Dog REALLY Want to be Petted?

Newsflash. Not all dogs want to be petted. But you wouldn’t know it from watching videos on YouTube. What you can learn on YouTube is that there are lots of dogs whose owners _think_ they are enjoying petting. But they … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog body language, Dog Training, Human and dog misunderstandings | Tagged , , , , , , | 121 Comments

Ant-Sized Treats

                          Note: there exists research regarding the effects of using multiple smaller treats vs larger bites (aka magnitude reinforcement) when training.  But the basic premise that there exists … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog Training, Food reinforcers, Operant conditioning, Reinforcement, Training philosophy, Treats | Tagged , , , , , , | 56 Comments

The Missed Cue: Attack of the Zen Field

Up to this point, all of my Missed Cue videos have been set up. After I discover or suspect a hole in my dogs’ training I set them up in a situation in which I’m guessing they will fail, and … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Dogs' perceptions, Generalization, Zen/Leave it | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Dog Body Language Study

Observations? Analyses? Comments? I’ll post mine in a couple days.

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog body language | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Dog/Dog Resource Guarding in Slow Motion

Before completing it, I showed the  movie featured in this post to two different training buddies and both responded with questions. Is it really resource guarding if the dogs don’t escalate to violence or obvious threats? How come the “winner” … Continue reading

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Posted in Aggression, Dog behavior, Dog body language, Resource guarding | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

Peek-a-Boo! A Hint for Training Eye Contact

Here is a quickie hint for teaching eye contact from Sue Ailsby’s Training Levels. This is from Level 2 Focus, Step 4 in the New Levels. After the dog has built up eye contact duration to a solid 10 seconds, … Continue reading

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Poop in my Pocket: Life with an Old, Old Dog

The very first thing I do every morning when I wake up is turn over and take a careful look at my very old dog Cricket. She has a special place on the bed surrounded by pillows on three sides … Continue reading

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Posted in Canine cognitive dysfunction, Dementia, Dogs' perceptions, Elimination, Old dogs | Tagged , , , | 40 Comments