Can’t not learn

Can’t not learn

Can’t not learn 4 min read Dog, puppy or person, we can’t not learn. The environment is “playing on us” all the time, when we are watching TV, FaceBooking, listening to a podcast, in a lesson, we cannot not learn. Are you aware of what learning is happening?...
What is a Trainer?

What is a Trainer?

Must read 7 min read I know what I am, as a trainer. But does my view of “A Trainer” coincide with, or even overlap with yours? First we have to look at what is “training”? Training is the process of learning the skills that you need for a particular job or activity....
One dog’s trick is another dog’s lifeskill

One dog’s trick is another dog’s lifeskill

5 min read How we label, refer and view a process will have an effect on how we employ it. Words have powerful meanings that can be quite different depending on your culture, your background and your experience. If we regard an activity as a hobby then we probably...
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...