Beyond the Collar

A collection of articles, that should generate thoughtful, sometimes wicked, ideas.

For Pup, Seeker and Setter Members who enjoy discussion and sharing


Very often tricky, very often hard work,
but usually rewarding

The need to correct an error

Our cultural history of training dogs is laced with Person shows Dog types of principles. As if a person can actually “tell” a dog how to sit, when every dog knows how to sit at about 3 weeks old. But the process of training used to be focussed on taking away what was...

Changing is growth

We are naturally attracted to familiar ways of training or living with our dogs. We have often worked hard to learn those habits and there is a reluctance to make changes since this is hard work. It takes mentally energy to note what we are not doing well, recall what changes we need to make, find the prompts that can move us to the changes and then work on the skills those changes require.

Laura Holder

This page is my (indulgent) opportunity to throw ideas up in the air and see where they land.

I was encouraged to ask questions, or more truthfully, I was not discouraged from asking questions. But there were times when I learned to be careful of the questions I asked.

I hope you will stay for a while, browse, and with thoughtfulness ask more questions.

You never know – someone may be able to answer them

Fast and high rate

But without knowing how long a reinforcement process takes, measuring by clicks per minute is irrelevant. The behaviour may stay the same or improve, but if we have changed the pattern of reinforcement delivery and the dog needs to travel further to receive the treat, then the number of clicks per minute is going to reduce. We should be examining how the behaviour is carried out and measuring progress in quality, flow, and confidence. NOT speed within a time frame.

Are training protocols compromised for commercial gain?

Questions we
should be asking

… but maybe a tad uncomfortable

Ethics in Dog Training

Whether you are an owner looking for help with your dog, a trainer taking your first steps towards helping others or an experienced trainer looking to improve – keep working, keep learning, stay curious.

Photos that say everything
we can’t put
into words.

More questions

generate more questions ……


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