Tag Archives: clicker training

Stimulus Control, Or Why Are There Seven Shoes on the Table?

This is an update of a post published on December 16, 2013. 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 embarrassingly … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Cues, Dog Training, Terminology | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Dog Training Basics: Getting the Behavior

I think one of the hardest steps for people who cross over to positive reinforcement based training is learning how to get a dog to start performing a behavior. If we have experience with mild force-based methods, such as verbally telling the dog to … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Dog Training, Operant conditioning | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

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

Share Button
Posted in Cues, Dog Training, Terminology | Tagged , , | 11 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

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

Superstitious Behaviors in Dog Training

Definition of a Superstitious Behavior: Accidentally or unintentionally reinforced behavior where a behavior is reinforced but the reinforcement occurred by random chance instead of in accordance with a specific contingency.   —From the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals glossary I wrote when … Continue reading

Share Button
Posted in Dog Training, Operant conditioning | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments