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With thoughtful planning and a good understanding of the relevance of antecedent selection we can teach the dog the skills of sorting the wheat from the chaff, finding the bones of the exercise. This skill is critical to being able to distinguish between distractions, which are just cues for an alternative reward opportunity, and cues which signify a guarantee of success.
Just delivering a treat is not enough. The delivery of that treat can become a highly valued process, eagerly sought by the dog because the delivery involves so much more than “dump-and-swallow”.
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The classic training protocols are too often about supressing the annoying behaviours without realising that a sheepdog can no more stop being a sheepdog than you can stop being a human and become a hamster.
… when your dog is sick and fearful? If you have a dog who is sick and fearful you can feel lost and alone. The weight of opinion, expectation and information can be overwhelming. What is right? What is true? What is best? Throughout this journey I have allowed my ethics to guide me. The individual who is Merlin is at the heart of every choice I make.
We should not be trying to change dogs, but change the world in which they live. This extract from Every Dog Every Day brings light to the conflict that can sometimes occur between people’s expectations of dog behaviour and the reality – what dog’s actually do.
Thoughts and ideas that keep me awake at night, followed by a sudden urge to share. Sometimes forthright, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, but worth the time to read.
Most training starts from necessity. Management is a necessity but it usually benefits all parties by a reduction of conflict. Are they expanding their skills to benefit us or for their benefit?
Really good stuff that can significantly change the way you approach your training and understanding of dogs.
Even though today we are surrounded by many available protocols for teaching with positive reinforcement, there is still a persistence that a dog should be set-up to make an error. An error is simply the difference between my expectation and the dog’s response. No more “distractions”, but faded-in environments.
Are we coasting or are we improving? Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Looking at “Leave it” protocols, which are just another way of saying “no”. If we focus our training around what we don’t want the dog will focus on what to avoid. Focus on what we do want.
Follow the experiences of Zip joining the Genabacab family.
She is a wild running, butterfly-working dog. Or more scientifically: a dog with a compulsive behaviours that responds very fast to arousal and movement in the environment.
Zip arrived at 20 weeks old, seeking gainful employment. What she chose to herd was butterflies and Gordon Setters … not a successful career choice.
Impulse buying the wrong sofa can be rectified if you swallow the expense. Impulse buying a puppy …
Jumping up is nearly always viewed, by both positive and negative trainers as A Major Sin …
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The way the behaviour is carried out is the most important element and is the product of all the considerations.
The fakery of our times? The clicker is a simple tool that provides clarity and understanding in teaching.
It seems easy to teach and have practical application, but it is often not such a pleasant experience for all dogs.
It takes mentally energy to note what we are not doing well, recall what changes we need to make, find …
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Can we teach an effective cease that behaviour? Absolutely. We can teach that positively, without harm ….
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Is the sit, or down, going to be a terminal behaviour, or a temporary position?Do we assume stay or add stay?