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on Thursday March 28th, 2013 at 04:18 PM
A year ago if you had asked me to describe Buddha "aloof" would have definitely been one of the adjectives I used.
Buddha was an adult when we adopted him. He wasnt fully house-trained and had no notion of using a crate. He was very agreeable around both people and dogs, but there was always an undercurrent of independence and, to use that word again, aloofness to him. Any physical affection was brief and on his terms and when I first starting working on training with him the joke was He...
on Wednesday February 27th, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Brown dog is ready to goIt may be the oldest story in dog training: a dog that is an otherwise perfectly-behaved, downright sweet, and beloved member of the family, will growl, bark, lunge, and may even bite another dogs he encounters on leash. Take the leash off and he is a model citizen at the dog park or day care.
Whats up with that?
Well first of all, leash aggression is a very common problem. If you have ever described it to a dog trainer you may have noticed her complete lack of...
on Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at 02:44 PM
How do you un-ring Pavlovs bell?Weve all heard of Pavlov, his bell, and his dogs, but what did he really discover, and how does it apply to dog training?
Ivan Pavlov noticed that the dogs that he was already experimenting on (he was using the dogs for research on digestion) would salivate when lab technicians arrived at the lab to feed them before their food was actually given to them.
This seems kind of obvious to us now, but this discovery was the beginning of Pavlovs pivotal research on...
on Thursday February 21st, 2013 at 06:00 AM
Understanding how behaviors are maintained is critical to both eliminating behaviors we dont want and for keeping the ones we like.
Ive been writing about the ABCs for a few weeks now. (That link takes you to a list of the posts. Unfortunately you need to start at the bottom to read in order. Im working on fixing that.)
I touched on this subject in the preceding entry of this series, but it deserves a complete post: in addition to what kind of reward your dog receives, how often she receives it...
on Wednesday February 13th, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Pukkas Promise is a great read for any dog owner.Even with this blog being on hiatus for well over a year, I receive a lot of books to review. Many are started and never finished while many are, well, never even started. But when a new book (Pukkas Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs) from Ted Kerasote shows up, you better believe it is read. (As a matter of fact despite getting a complimentary copy, I still bought the Kindle version to make it easier to carry to work with my arm in a...
on Thursday February 7th, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Training with positive reinforcement is pretty simple: when you see a behavior you like, reward it with something your dog likes. As a result your dog will perform that behavior more often. For the most part thats all you really need to know.
But under the surface there are actually quite a few things going on at once, and its helpful to be aware of them, especially when you are using training to solve a problem.
In the first of this series I explained a formula for solving behavior problems....
on Friday February 1st, 2013 at 03:01 AM
In Star Trek: The Next Generation popular character Data, an ostensibly emotionless automaton, had an "evil twin" named Lore. While Data was (again, ostensibly) logical and methodical, Lore was jealous, emotional, and self-serving.
I always found the selection of Lores name rather clever especially for The Next Generation a show that spent a lot of time dancing on the edge of greatness without ever managing to really fall in. (Many of the novels are better.) The difference between the...
on Tuesday January 29th, 2013 at 01:11 AM
In part one of this series I explained a formula for solving behavior problems.
Antecedent -> Behavior -> Consequence
In part two I demonstrated how being aware of what immediately precedes a behavior can give you a way to control when it occurs and can define a path to solving the problem.
Now it is time to look at the B in ABC. The behavior. The behavior is what the dog does. Pretty simple in terms of definition.
In most cases identifying the behavior isnt complicated. The hard part is...
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