Monthly Archives: June 2014

It’s OK to Comfort Your Dog!

U.S. folks and Canadians, get ready for the fireworks! People in the U.S. and Canada are getting ready for national holidays that often include all sorts of loud pops and booms from fireworks and firecrackers, even cannons and guns. These kinds … Continue reading

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Posted in Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Fear, Reactivity, Sound sensitivity | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

When is it OK for Your Dog to Pull on Leash?

Is there actually a situation in which it’s OK for your dog to pull on leash? Oh, yes. For fearful and reactive dogs there are at least two! One is when you are practicing desensitization/counterconditioning with your dog in public and can’t ask her … Continue reading

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Posted in Classical conditioning, Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Dog Training, Fear, Operant conditioning, Reactivity | Tagged , , , | 31 Comments

Let’s Talk about Using Aversives in Training. I’ll Go First!

Today’s post is about how people often justify the use of aversives. I’m going to use my own experience as an example. I am going to present a description of an aversive method I used to use. I am going to list many … Continue reading

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Posted in Behavior Science, Escape/Avoidance, Negative Reinforcement, Punishment, Terminology, Why Use Positive Reinforcement? | Tagged , , , | 20 Comments