Building Autonomy with Trust

I was scanning thru some videos on Facebook the recently and because I’m a parent and a dog trainer my feed is usually split between dogs, and babies. Sometimes, I come across some stuff that, unbeknownst to the creator or poster, I apply to both dogs and kids. I came across a short story from Read more about Building Autonomy with Trust[…]

Scale Your Training

For those who know me, I like to exercise. Specifically, I like to CrossFit. I can usually be found in the gym 3-5 times a week and I’ve done so off and on for about 4 years now. Right now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with training your dog. A lot more Read more about Scale Your Training[…]

Day 6: Taking Shape

Yesterday, I told you how to capture a behavior that your dog already offers. What if you want your dog to do something that he wouldn’t naturally do? Well, this is where shaping comes in! When you are shaping a behavior you’re taking a behavior your dog already offers and then clicking for small approximations Read more about Day 6: Taking Shape[…]

Day 4: Rate of Reinforcement

Do you have your list created? Good! I hope it was fun for you and your dog to experiment with activities, games and different foods. Yesterday I talked about reinforcement and I had mentioned keeping sessions short, 1-3 minutes before taking a break. If your sessions are short, how do you get enough repetition in Read more about Day 4: Rate of Reinforcement[…]

Clicker Training: What’s the Big Deal?

10 Reasons to use Clicker Training If you’re visiting this website you’ve probably heard about clicker training. In August of 2010, I finished a six month intensive program with the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior which focuses on animal training using scientifically proven methods. In this program we learned about many different Read more about Clicker Training: What’s the Big Deal?[…]