Reinforcement Gone WRONG

Often a chain of actions grows a behavior. Barking, whining, jumping up, mouthing, excitement at the doors … are very commonly increased by chained events and unfortunately most of the time the person doesn’t realize that they are growing the behavior instead of reducing it. So if your dog is doing something you don’t particularly…

Jack Russell Levitation

A shocking state of affairs resulting in Jack Russell levitation. “What goes on here!”

Dog Car Rules – getting in, getting out, riding

Dog Car Rules– getting in, getting out, riding by Jeanine Renzoni He shall remain nameless, but he is small and white and a terrier, and he jumps in and on anything in the car, stands up on the armrests and rolls down the windows to his delight, he doesn’t know the meaning of staying in…

Stop jumping up and being so wild

Yesterday a young guy told me he was trying to train his golden-doodle to quit greeting people by jumping up and putting his front feet on their shoulders. I grinned and nodded. He said he was afraid the exuberant dog was going to knock old ladies over and also scare smaller kids. He went on…

Once upon a time – A pup for a Girl

“In dreams begin responsibilities.” ― W.B. Yeats, Responsibilities Once upon a time there was an adventurous girl and her bouncy, jouncy puppy. It was a lovely day in spring and the birds were singing, the frogs were singing and most of the insects hadn’t even come out yet – yeah! It had rained hard over…

Bring your own rock – weird rewards in dog training

Hurry up! Circle the wagon and bring your own rock. Rocks, paper, digging, kid’s toys, socks, sniffing, horse apples … there are all sorts of favorite things for which dogs will do work. Often instead of using these currencies people try to steal them or restrain the dog from them or chase the dog to…