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...
A world of lure

A world of lure

3 min read Luring is an integral part of our lives, marketing surrounds us at every turn. When a purposeful opportunity for reinforcement is presented, luring occurs. From delightful smells in the supermarket to bright colours on packaging. From menu descriptions that...
Duration or is it Breakfast in Bed?

Duration or is it Breakfast in Bed?

4 min read Teaching duration has become a muddy pool of very mixed creatures. This is partly due to our human understanding in how we use words that are the same but have entirely different meanings. We ask the dog to “Stay!”, meaning don’t move, but also “you stay...
Guidance is not dependence

Guidance is not dependence

4 min read We are all living to some degree on the experiences of those who went before us. This is particularly relevant in dog training as we become very aware of what was culturally accepted 40-50 years ago would now not even be considered. Many fields of learning...