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...
Ethics in Dog Training

Ethics in Dog Training

5 min read A protection from harm You may be shocked to read that dog training and dog behaviour treatment is an unregulated industry. We have no industry wide recognised qualifications and no written standards of conduct that apply to any of us practicing with pet...
What can’t you teach with a target?

What can’t you teach with a target?

3 min read May this should be titled “Why would you teach without a target?” Targets and targeting are a concept and core understanding that our training revolves around. The clicker revolution was the dawn of target training for dog trainers. It introduced a new...
Stop doing that ….

Stop doing that ….

8 min read Can we teach “stop doing that”? For all of us rearing young dogs, there are times we need to be able to say “you cannot be doing that”. Yep, me too. Either we see there is trouble ahead if you carry on doing that, or that it is unacceptable behaviour when...