Monthly Archives: December 2013

Using Sound Masking To Protect Your Dog From Loud, Scary Sounds

If you have: a dog who reacts to noises while at home; a smartphone or tablet that can send a signal to wireless speakers; and wireless speakers …you can try sound masking to protect your dog from some sounds that … Continue reading

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Posted in Dogs and sound, Dogs' hearing, Fear, Management, Sound sensitivity | Tagged , , , , | 27 Comments

It Would Have Been 11 Years

I got my dear little Cricket from rescue on December 29, 2002, at around age 6 or 7. She left this world on May 31, 2013. We had 10 1/2 years together, for which I am forever grateful. I miss … Continue reading

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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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Stimulus Control, Or Lack Thereof

  This post was updated and republished on January 31, 2019. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not very good at stimulus control. I’ve included in this post a great video from when Clara was younger that demonstrates that really, really … Continue reading

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Posted in Cues, Dog Training, Terminology | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Is Hide and Seek All Fun and Games?

Eric Brad posted a really great question this last summer on his FaceBook page, Canine Nation. Yes, it’s December now. It takes me this long to mull things over sometimes. Have any of you ever used a technique for teaching/encouraging … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior Science, Fear, Negative Reinforcement, Play, Punishment | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Goodie or Doodie? When a Classical Pairing Gets Stomped On

Priiiiiiingggggg! I use WordPress.com to host this blog. It has a smartphone app. The app is most useful to me for checking statistics and getting notifications. The app has a pleasant little sound effect. You can assign it to sound … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior Science, Classical conditioning, Cues, Punishment, Reinforcement, Why Use Positive Reinforcement? | Tagged | 23 Comments

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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Posted in Dog Training, Examples for Teachers, Negative Reinforcement, Positive Reinforcement, Reinforcement | Tagged , , | 25 Comments