Dog, Dog, Dog…Where are we going?

Complacency has its charms.  Waiting, For dog years and weight gain. To create a desired easy-going dog, Can kinda work. Sometimes.   I can’t just wait for a surprise destiny. Challenges. Should I or should I not face. To create the fulfilled potential of a dog partnership. Consistently building. Always.   Where are we, dog and me, going? Planning….

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…

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…

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…

Stillness as a Training Tool

Movement and noise draws attention, triggers the chase, speeds the come, escalates the interaction, adds to mouthiness, springs to jumping, builds excitement and indicates frustration. Stillness and silence creates a pause, slows all action, ends the interaction, stops the noise, starts the sniffing, leads to calmness and indicates quitting. But a body in motion stays…

Ten versions of crate games – dog training

by Jeanine Renzoni Play. Creativity. Using what you have and being innovative with it. Sometimes I think I need something new to enable me to teach something new to my dogs (see Waiting on a battery, my Treat & Train blog). I like the Treat & Train, I’m using it daily and I’ve learned a…

Do these 10 things, become a better trainer

It’s easy to become a better dog trainer, do the following 10 things and you’ll be better than most and your dog will love you for it. 1) Hand feed your dog using the food you would have put in his dish as rewards for your dog doing things like sit, down, come, kennel up,…

How much time does it take to have a dog?

I’ve looked at way too many dog ‘re-homing’ advertisements on Craig’s list that say, “we just don’t have time enough, not enough to give her/him the time she/he deserves.” And the dogs range in age from 12 weeks to 8 years old. I guess I can understand the sheer overwhelming reality of trying to train…

Loose leash walking; heeling, or in the reinforcement zone

How to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash: Don’t walk if the leash is not loose. Only walk when the leash is loose (and not because you just made it longer). “Ah but …  my dog is always pulling, I won’t be able to walk anywhere, he gets so interested in smells,…

Is competition a good thing?

Is competition a good thing? Or does it eliminate too many, too early, before they get to develop. The goals, the deadlines, the chance to show others how well you and your dog can do under pressure, or how beautiful or fast or obedient your dog(s) are – that’s competition. Getting together with others who…

Cause-Effect, dog training-learning with games

So you want to train your dog? And you want them to really be able to do things with you. The most common system used is telling them what not to do. No, eh eh, bad! Over 65% of people reporting on how they trained their dogs said this is what they used. Unfortunately they…

Reactive dog? – just another label

So, reactive dog? It seems to mean over-reacting to something many other dogs can calmly handle, like other dogs walking by or being in a yard or being left somewhere and either becoming very worried or destroying things because of being scared or anxious, or not being willing to greet people and barking and/or lunging…