Tag Archives: clicker training

Training for the city

Chico and I are in Washington, DC for the next ten days or so. And, as the woman who checked me out at Target the other day said, as if things aren’t good enough, I’ve got a nasty, fllu-ish cold. … Continue reading

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Implementing the action plan

I got distracted, this post’s about what we did to implement the action plan I wrote about here. Implementing the action plan involved some interesting techniques. To keep Chico out of the road, I bought two sets of the reflector-on-a-stick … Continue reading

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Dogs have to learn English before they can understand us

The Whole Dog Journal was recommended to me by a local kennel owner, so I subscribed to their email newsletter. In early June, they ran this great article talking about talking to dogs. “Try to remember that you have to … Continue reading

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Nail trimming video

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training pointed out this video, saying  “Colleen Koch is one of my favorite friends, trainers, and veterinarians. Check out her great nail trim video: Could you imagine if all vets were this behavior-savvy? A girl can dream!” … Continue reading

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A very interesting theory about why clicker training is effective

Karen Pryor is widely recognized as the initiator of clicker training and continues to be one of the leading authorities on the subject. In this post she puts forth a fascinating theory about why the clicker is so effective. Pryor … Continue reading

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Leash walking update

We’ve been practicing having Chico walk calmly by my side when on the leash. Chico can do just fine when there are no distractions, or if I am “loaded” (having a cookie in hand rather than in the treat bag), … Continue reading

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“It’s a car, what do you do for a car?”

Chico has learned to associate certain things that he used to be afraid of with treats. In doing that, he has learned to substitute behaviors I want for ones I don’t. Here’s an example. In the beginning, his fear of … Continue reading

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First training exercises

I came home from our first lesson at Julie’s with a few games, as she called the training exercises, to play with Chico. That’s one thing I love about training with Julie: it’s all a game, if human and dog … Continue reading

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Click, treat

We use clicker training. Clicker training is based on psychology, operant conditioning to be exact (ja, go ahead and Wikipedia it, or go back to that Psych 1 textbook in the garage). A small clicker makes a noise that marks … Continue reading

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