Monthly Archives: April 2013

Operant Learning Illustrated by Examples

Many thanks to Ruth Byrn, Marge Rogers, and Susan Friedman for their generous assistance with the movie. In the terminology of behavior science, positive does not always mean good. Actually it never means good. Likewise, negative does not mean bad. … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior Science, Operant conditioning, Punishment, Reinforcement, Terminology, Training philosophy | Tagged , , | 47 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

A Secret for Training Two Dogs

I think this is as close as I’ll ever come to a “how-to” blog. Here is my usual disclaimer: I am not a professional trainer and I have trained only my own dogs. But there is a secret to training … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Dog Training, Multiple dogs, Reinforcement | Tagged , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Wordless Wednesday: Bopping the Wall

This is a video follow up to one of my more embarrassing posts: “Lumping It: A Public Service Announcement.” In that post I described, and showed in the video, how I repeatedly raised my criteria too quickly when trying to … Continue reading

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There is Hope: One Trainer’s Journey from Liverwurst to Kibble

Recently on a dog training Yahoo group, a trainer wrote about needing to use hot dogs and lunch meat to train her dog. She was dismayed that her dog wouldn’t work for kibble. She asked the group if she was … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog Training, Reinforcement, Training philosophy, Treats, Why Use Positive Reinforcement? | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments