Just because it is better than it was

Just because it is better than it was

7 min read Just because it is better than it was, does that make it the best we can do? This is part of the “good enough” resolution or avoid-any-more-hard-work ethos. Is time so precious that we cannot invest in doing better? Much of the material we integrate into...
The Fade-in Protocol

The Fade-in Protocol

8 min read The origins of the protocol were first documented over 50 years ago, but it is not a well-known or frequently selected protocol. Susan Friedman explains the original experiment succinctly in her article Clearing the Path to Reinforcement with an Errorless...
The Table Game

The Table Game

Blog 10 min read To think - coming up to 20 years since I designed this game for my college students in computing - to improve communication! Who knew it would become a future piece of technology for (dog training and) behaviour world! ... and cruises of course...
Pea, Chick Pea

Pea, Chick Pea

Kay Laurence 10 min read A bonded hen Chick Pea is a lone survivor. July saw a pen of 12 happy birds of various backgrounds, September left just one. A visiting Johnny-Come-Lately of athletic heritage dined a couple of times a week at the expense of my girls. A...
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...
Rewards Aloud

Rewards Aloud

10 min read Introducing Rewards Aloud Most dog sports have evolved from either competitions for purposely bred skills in dogs (such as sheepdog trials, shooting, hunting) or from military activities in the post-war 1950s. The original rules were based on the views of...