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…

Easy & Entrancing Games for Older Dogs

Many of the games we play with our dogs are for the young. Why not? They need plenty to occupy them. But there are things we do that can be entertaining and sustaining even when your dog gets old. Even when they can’t hear well, or move quickly or see keenly. These games serve as…

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…

Intent matters – why is punishment addicting to the punisher?

Intent Matters – essay on why punishment remains so prevalent as a first tool in training despite the serious fallout on both the student and trainer. Here’s the basis: If my intention is to stop or reduce any behavior, my answer will be punishment. By definition punishment decreases a behavior. When my intention is focused…