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

Changing

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

Just because it is better than it was

Just because it is better than it was

Are we coasting or are we improving? Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Looking at “Leave it” protocols, which are just another way of saying “no”. If we focus our training around what we don’t want the dog will focus on what to avoid. Focus on what we do want.

The Fade-in Protocol

The Fade-in Protocol

Even though today we are surrounded by many available protocols for teaching with positive reinforcement, there is still a persistence that a dog should be set-up to make an error. An error is simply the difference between my expectation and the dog’s response. No more “distractions”, but faded-in environments.

Things you should know

Things you should know

I am a person who shares life with a Border Collie. It’s like being a member of a secret society of which few people would be crazy enough to join.

Just because it is better than it was

Just because it is better than it was

Are we coasting or are we improving? Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Looking at “Leave it” protocols, which are just another way of saying “no”. If we focus our training around what we don’t want the dog will focus on what to avoid. Focus on what we do want.

The Fade-in Protocol

The Fade-in Protocol

Even though today we are surrounded by many available protocols for teaching with positive reinforcement, there is still a persistence that a dog should be set-up to make an error. An error is simply the difference between my expectation and the dog’s response. No more “distractions”, but faded-in environments.

The Wrong Sheep

The Wrong Sheep

Walking along a busy street with traffic can cause the dog to lunge out. Any uncontrolled movement such as joggers, bikes, other dogs doing agility will trigger the reflex to control the movement. The is a need, their purpose in life.

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

Just because it is better than it was

Just because it is better than it was

Are we coasting or are we improving? Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Looking at “Leave it” protocols, which are just another way of saying “no”. If we focus our training around what we don’t want the dog will focus on what to avoid. Focus on what we do want.

The Fade-in Protocol

The Fade-in Protocol

Even though today we are surrounded by many available protocols for teaching with positive reinforcement, there is still a persistence that a dog should be set-up to make an error. An error is simply the difference between my expectation and the dog’s response. No more “distractions”, but faded-in environments.

The Wrong Sheep

The Wrong Sheep

Walking along a busy street with traffic can cause the dog to lunge out. Any uncontrolled movement such as joggers, bikes, other dogs doing agility will trigger the reflex to control the movement. The is a need, their purpose in life.

Are training protocols compromised for commercial gain?

Questions we
should be asking

… but maybe a tad uncomfortable

Just because it is better than it was

Just because it is better than it was

Are we coasting or are we improving? Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Looking at “Leave it” protocols, which are just another way of saying “no”. If we focus our training around what we don’t want the dog will focus on what to avoid. Focus on what we do want.

The Fade-in Protocol

The Fade-in Protocol

Even though today we are surrounded by many available protocols for teaching with positive reinforcement, there is still a persistence that a dog should be set-up to make an error. An error is simply the difference between my expectation and the dog’s response. No more “distractions”, but faded-in environments.

Things you should know

Things you should know

I am a person who shares life with a Border Collie. It’s like being a member of a secret society of which few people would be crazy enough to join.

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

Start a topic

The forum section is not proving a suitable function for dog trainers. I KNOW we like to talk about training, and some of the public forums need to be regarded as unsafe and dangerous ground.

But.

Here we have a very select group, who have passed the necessary tests (negotiating Members to the site) and can call themselves Setters – folk who want to move thier learning forward and broaden their reach and understanding.

Go Setters!

As a little suggestions I think we can set up this page to also include discussions in a format that will work on Desktops, iPads or phones, still be readable and able to follow.

Each of the Blogs you can see on this page can also be used as kick off points for discussion. If you would like to begin a discussion – which may be just an idea that you want to toss around, or explore, or connect with other people. Then please either comment at the bottom of this page, or to one of the blogs, and I will start a new blog/discussion.

You can add links to other websites, articles that made your teeth itch, or a personal background or review that you would like to share.

 … over to you!

More questions

generate more questions ……

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5 Comments

  1. Julie van Schie

    I’d be really interested in a thoughtful discussion on equipment. Iris mentioned using a head collar (not my favourite piece of equipment), extender leads are much aligned but I do use them in select situations. What do people use? When and why? What do you / we suggest to others? Pros and cons? I’d be particularly interested in hearing from those with experience and knowledge of structure and gait.

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  2. Kay Laurence

    We shall be setting up a kick off point for equiment – so far the list is head collars, flexi-leads, harnesses …. anything else to add?

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  3. Iris Maxfield

    Wondering if others have any other takes on poop eating dogs, we’ve all had them.

    This is a link I’ve just blogged and put on my FB page, Every now and then I think too much, and often have put a question on FB which leads to some good point coming up in discussion, unfortunately it seems if I blog something, which is a very recent activity, there’s no discussion or throwing different point of view around.

    This is a link I’ve just blogged and put on my FB page, which was from my search to help Rolo. I started digging in 2012/13

    https://irisdogsheartsopenminds.wordpress.com/2019/04/21/brain-to-gut-gut-to-brain/

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  4. Julie van Schie

    I haven’t checked in for a while, is there still a forum for discussion?

    Another topic which has come up in recent discussion is suppression of behaviour. I suggested to a small group that rapid fire treating was suppression of behaviour and one of the responses I got was “Isn’t any form of positive reinforcement training suppression to some degree”

    I thought this could be an interesting thing to discuss.

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    • Julie van Schie

      Will add that I don’t seem to get follow up emails, so will make sure I check back in.

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