Category Archives: Fun

Trick Training Bloopers

I decided a while back to teach my dogs to cross their paws as a trick. I followed the instructions on one of Emily Larlham’s excellent videos: Dog Tricks Tutorial: Cross Your Paws. But I didn’t end up making the neat, … Continue reading

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Just a Trick?

“Crossing over” is a phrase dog trainers use to refer to the act of giving up training that uses aversives and changing over to training that uses principally positive reinforcement: becoming a Humane Hierarchy trainer, a force-free trainer, or a … Continue reading

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I’m So Glad I Had the Camera!

Something pleasant for a Monday morning: Eileenanddogs Funniest Home Videos! Here are three incredible and adorable moments that I am very grateful to have on film. Zani Uses a Tool I literally grabbed the camera and turned it on to … 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 You Reinforce is What You Get

Bob Bailey said, “What you click is what you get.” There is a lot of wisdom in this simple remark. Among other things, it emphasizes to me that we don’t always realize exactly what we are marking and reinforcing, but … Continue reading

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The Ex-Pen Garden

How about something light and pleasant to get ready for the weekend! One of my life goals has always been to have a big vegetable garden. And when I got my own place I did it. These are low res … Continue reading

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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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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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Wordless Wednesday: Clara got Mail!

Watch as Clara deftly opens her package from GoughNuts. We are not affiliated with the company and were not asked to feature their products. We’re just very happy customers: Clara because she loves the balls, and myself because they are … Continue reading

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