Tag Archives: agility

Finding the Joy in Agility

What do you see in this professional photo of Summer on an agility A-frame in a competition? She’s so pretty in that photo, and running nicely, but you know what? She wasn’t happy. Here are a couple more photos from … Continue reading

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Is That Zooming Agility Dog Stressed or Happy? Wrong Question!

Auf Deutsch. (German version of this post.) There’s a video going around (there always is, right?) of an agility dog getting the “zoomies” and taking off on her own, running and jumping all over the ring without her handler. As … Continue reading

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Ant-Sized Treats

                          Note: there exists research regarding the effects of using multiple smaller treats vs larger bites (aka magnitude reinforcement) when training.  But the basic premise that there exists … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog Training, Food reinforcers, Operant conditioning, Reinforcement, Training philosophy, Treats | Tagged , , , , , , | 56 Comments