Category Archives: Become a better Trainer

Here we’ll talk more about the structure of training than the actual end result for a specific behavior. For example, how do you teach a dog to resist distractions, how should you set up a training session to maximize success, etc.

Management, Training and Maintenance, Part 2

In part 1 of this blog post, I discussed management, training and the intersection of the two.  Now let’s turn our attention to the concept of maintenance. Behaviors that I am maintaining are well trained, well understood, and have moved … Continue reading

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Management, Training and Maintenance Part 1

I’ll refer to these terms over time, so it might help if you have some idea what I’m talking about. When I talk about management, I’m talking about preventing your puppy or dog from rehearsing bad behaviors, either while you … Continue reading

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Minimalist Training: Incompatible Behaviors

Incompatible Behaviors: Incompatible behaviors are things that our dogs do that are incompatible with other behaviors; both cannot happen at the same time.  Here are some examples: Lying down is incompatible with jumping up – they cannot both be happening at … Continue reading

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Training Persistence and Problem Solving: Enter the house politely!

One of my dogs has a rather unfortunate habit.  Lyra comes into the house from the yard like a demented bat out of hell, with both of my other dogs after her in hot pursuit. The results are an impressive combination of … Continue reading

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Training “Calm?”

My perspective on helping dogs behave in a calm fashion may be different than how others address it because in my opinion, the emotion of “calm” is not something you teach operantly (dog is aware that they are learning) as … Continue reading

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Hyper Greeters (jumping up – extreme)

A few days ago I posted a blog about teaching dogs to keep their feet on the floor and off of people.  That blog included an excellent video by Chirag Patel.  In my opinion, his approach will work for a … Continue reading

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Socialization

Socialization I am often asked how we should socialize our dogs so that they will grow up as well adjusted as possible.  I think the answer is both simple and intuitive: The same way you socialize your small children. Parents … Continue reading

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