Category Archives: Cues

“Good Sit!”

Here is a quiz. Let’s say someone says, “Sit,” to a dog, intending the word as a cue. What part of speech is the word, “Sit”? Then, what part of speech is the same word if we say, “Good sit!” afterwards? That was … Continue reading

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The Girl with the Paper Hat

This post has been updated and re-released here.  Once upon a time there was a girl who decided to teach her dog some tricks. She figured out that if she gave her dog something he liked after he did something … Continue reading

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It’s Not Painful. It’s Not Scary. It Just Gets the Dog’s Attention!

An updated version of this post. Some dog trainers who use tools such as shock, prong, or slip collars, or startle the dog with thrown objects or loud noises, claim that these things are done only to “get the dog’s attention.” … Continue reading

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17 Behavioral Cues that I Didn’t Train (But are Still For Real)

When most of us think of cues, we think of the verbal ones we teach our dogs. “Sit,” “Down,” “Here!” Perhaps we have taught them some hand signals as well. To teach a cue we go through a set process … Continue reading

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Boing! Capturing a Trick and Putting it on Cue

I’ve got antecedents and cues on the mind lately. So here’s a little video showing how I captured and started putting a cue onto a darling behavior of little Zani’s. I can get her to do it with a prop … Continue reading

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What’s an Antecedent Arrangement?

One of the classifications in Dr. Susan Friedman’s Humane Hierarchy that is pretty unfamiliar to most of us dog trainers is called “Antecedent Arrangements.” And look, it is on the more desirable end of the hierarchy! There’s no speed bump, caution … 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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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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Summer Learns An Alternative to Being the Fun Police

I have mentioned before that my dog Summer is reactive. Reactive has come to refer to a dog who reacts strongly (and inappropriately in the human’s view), usually with an aggressive display, to some specific triggers. Some of Summer’s triggers are … Continue reading

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