Base Behaviour

Luring is shaping with guidance The lure is an instruction, or information, as to what response is expected, what to do. How the lure is presented, what speed, where, and with what reinforcement promise (tastiness) are all part of the instructions. Instructions should...
A Cue or not a cue?

A Cue or not a cue?

3 min read Cues are part of our conversation with our dog, giving and listening to cues require skills. One of these key skills is being able to sort the cues that are relevant and signify an opportunity for reward, and those that are just Her being a Person who...
Pleasure for the dog?

Pleasure for the dog?

2 min read Training through positive reinforcement is much, much more than giving a treat. I want you to ask yourself: “How much pleasure is the dog getting”? Eating can be a pleasurable process or mere fuel. If you find yourself eating and not noticing what you put...
More than a reinforcer

More than a reinforcer

3 min read Early days of exploring the process of reinforcement to maintain or strengthen a behaviour were limited to the simplest mechanism to deliver a pellet. The restrictions of research experiments and absence of other forms, or view, of what may constitute...
When we train a dog it grows

When we train a dog it grows

6 min read Selfish training ? I am as guilty as any trainer to use my skills to teach the dogs what I want them to learn. This is often orientated to my needs, what makes my life easier. Most clients reach out to a trainer for assistance in removing annoying...