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Pleasure for the dog?

Pleasure for the dog?

If we seek to teach, then we need to be skilled in the process of reinforcement. It should encompass pleasure for the dog not just convenience for us

More than a reinforcer

More than a reinforcer

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”.

A world of lure

A world of lure

Luring teaches trainers essential skills. We learn how to use suggestion and guidance to shape behaviours. We learn how to explain dynamic movement in the cues from our hands. In combination with reinforcement, luring has without doubt, been one of the skills I value most as a trainer.

Learning About Dogs

The core of our education. How health impacts learning. How lifestyle impacts well-being. How our beliefs, traditions and culture affects the lives of our dogs.

When you lose something

When you lose something

The moment the alarm sounded, Dolce was nosing the blankets off me and, unless cued otherwise, would nose me until I got up in a fit of laughter. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

Dogs can only behave like dogs

Dogs can only behave like dogs

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.

Approval or attention seeking?

Approval or attention seeking?

Jumping up is nearly always viewed, by both positive and negative trainers as A Major Sin. It rates near the top of the list of an undesirable behaviour.

Kay’s Blog

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.

When we train a dog it grows

When we train a dog it grows

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?

Heartbeat of Geek-land

Heartbeat of Geek-land

I like to regard a “teacher of dogs” as someone who meets dogs in their world and teaches them how to be their best whilst living alongside us in our world.

The life of my Time

The life of my Time

Time is my ninth generation of collies. He lives for being a collie and all that collies have done for generations – work in partnership and assist in what their Person likes to do. This ranges from collecting sheep off the mountain to toddling round the main ring at Crufts.

Must Read

Really good stuff that can significantly change the way you approach your training and understanding of dogs.

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The Fade-in Protocol

The Fade-in Protocol

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.

Unzipping Zip

Follow the experiences of Zip joining the Genabacab family.

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A new puppy? Oh Joy

Impulse buying the wrong sofa can be rectified if you swallow the expense. Impulse buying a puppy …

Approval or attention ?

Jumping up is nearly always viewed, by both positive and negative trainers as A Major Sin …

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Construction or supression

The way the behaviour is carried out is the most important element and is the product of all the considerations.

Fast rate or high rate

Examine how the behaviour is carried out and measuring progress in quality, flow, and confidence, NOT speed …

Reasons to use a clicker

The fakery of our times? The clicker is a simple tool that provides clarity and understanding in teaching.

Nose target, no thanks

It seems easy to teach and have practical application, but it is often not such a pleasant experience for all dogs.

Changing is growth

It takes mentally energy to note what we are not doing well, recall what changes we need to make, find …

She has a lot to say

You will love him again

The puppy that you adored, could do no wrong, is now a living horror story. We want to use positive reinforcement ….

Stop doing that

Can we teach an effective cease that behaviour? Absolutely. We can teach that positively, without harm ….

Learn something new today

How do you know ?

What is the difference between professional, self promoted and well marketed …

Release or stay cue

Is the sit, or down, going to be a terminal behaviour, or a temporary position?Do we assume stay or add stay?

When time is right

Why is fast training considered better or ever a solution? Does fast training wall us off from asking deeper questions?

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