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...
Nose Target. No thanks

Nose Target. No thanks

4 min read Did I teach this 20 years ago? Oh yes. Do I teach it now? Nope. Advancing our skills, knowledge and understanding is about learning more, adding depth and changing what we do and what we teach. Advanced training is rarely about increase complexity but...
Clean Training

Clean Training

Since the dawn of clicker training in the 1990s, training has become much more accessible and less of a specialised, or mysterious activity. This has been largely due to learning from video, the wider understanding of the technology of training and instantly appealing...
Release cue or stay cue

Release cue or stay cue

3 min read Is “staying” is something you ADD to a behaviour, or ASSUME in a behaviour?   !!  Confusion alert  !! Continue reading when you have time without disruptions. If this confuses us then it certainly makes it harder for the dogs. We owe them...
Think carefully

Think carefully

3 min read + video The power of a cue …. I recently posted this video to FaceBook which harks back to those early, discovery days of clicker training. We cannot presume a cue is a reinforcer unless we can shape a new behaviour using that cue as the marker. This...