Remember Dog Faming? It’s a response to the trend of “dog shaming,” where people post photos showing dogs doing “naughty” things. These always highlight lack of training rather than anything intrinsically wrong with the dogs, and often show dogs that are very stressed and unhappy. Isn’t it nicer to catch our dogs doing something good and clever that we are proud of?
At the time of my first Dog Faming posts, I started a FaceBook page by that name. But I had so many irons in the fire that I stopped putting any energy into it. Dog Faming lives again! Blog reader Courtenay Morgan famed her own dog, Edward, found the page, and volunteered to bring it back to life. I had a little Faming session last night, and as usual, learned some things from the videos I took. (I often take videos so as to capture stills.)
The first thing I learned is that it is perhaps asking a lot to cue a two year old, high energy dog, with whom I have not played tug in several weeks, to watch from her mat while I play with someone else. I perhaps didn’t really need a video to realize that, grin. We had to review a bit. But Clara was a good sport and got the hang of it fast, especially when she got a turn to tug as reinforcement. The second thing is something I learned from the video. Here is a tiny clip. See if you can see it.
Yet another reason why filming training is such a good idea. Bob Bailey says a trainer’s best tool is film. If I hadn’t filmed, I wouldn’t have noticed that one of the dogs was unhappy with the setup.
So what are you waiting for? Go put up a sign, cue your dog, take a picture, and head on over to the Dog Faming FaceBook page. At the very least you’ll get a fun photo, but you also might learn something about your dog or your training!
Thanks for viewing! Coming up:
- But I Want to Use ALL the Tools in My Toolbox!
- What You Reinforce is What You Get
- OMG Could She Really be Talking about the Continuum AGAIN?
- But He Was Wagging His Tail!
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