Why Stalled-out Dog Trainers? Stalled out canine understanding.

Have you ever heard of string theory? The idea that all parts of the universe can be unified using the idea of string instead of particles. Well, if you have or haven’t let’s take this approach with training. Instead of separate particles, separate isolated things, we actually have a string of behaviors. Everything is connected…

Visiting a red-flag dog training class

My first session at the obedience class shook me up. The friendly looking trainers said absolutely all of the things that are red flags! Red flags, I was supposed to HEAD FOR THE DOOR, protect my dog, this is a force-based class and I’m a reward-based trainer. But this was a dog-less first class. I remained sitting,…

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…

Puppy progress (Siggy)

Siggy has reached, 6 months,  50#s, has grown up teeth, has had a tussle with Reggie (Jack Russell) and been told off by Jazzie (heeler) and Max (shepherd). Getting to be a big boy. His jumping ability is prodigious, his speed is considerable. He’s visited the horses several times and shows reasonable care about it,…

Dog Emotions

Emotion drives learning, it drives action, change, and behaviors. There are some emotions that are the same behavior from the canine … these are core emotions. Anger or Rage = snarls, bites, escape physical restraint. The lower level of this is frustration, which is sparked by mental restraint. Fear = freeze or run away, when survival…

Learning Zone – dogs

A stressed dog will not absorb training. A stressed person will not absorb training. If you and your dog are in your comfort zone, really in your comfort zone, you’re probably just repeating the habits, repeating the things that you’ve already learned, already done, many times before. That’s why they are comfortable. Same environment, same…

Easy Dog training is not so easy

Easy and quick dog training is an oxymoron. Quick knowledge, fast solution and nobody needs to learn anything, but the dog. Try it, what harm can it cause? Who cares about research?  Neighbor said it or multiple studies confirmed it… who wins? Well of course, the neighbor/cousin/friend does, in their random ‘expert’ mode. Science … what science?…

Dog Training Prompts – rewards or reprimands

Both a friend and my daughter have had trouble with the use of cues when trying to stop wildness, goofiness, grabbing stuff and general misbehavior. They both are transition trainers having had a past in training traditionally. But some of the stuff we knew as traditional trainers doesn’t work the same way when we’ve turned…