Tag Archives: positive reinforcement

Starting over

Recently I started an introductory dog training course from the Karen Pryor Clicker Training Academy. It’s an on-line course for “aspiring” clicker trainers. Since I have only trained Chico, and with a lot of help, I decided to start at the … Continue reading

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A detour from our cross-country journey

We interrupt this recounting of the trip for a post about dog behavior. I just re-read an article showing the flaws in the alpha-dog theory. It’s from the December 2011 issue of the Whole Dog Journal, written by Patricia Miller, one of … Continue reading

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Dog class with Bags

It’s complicated, but my travels in Turkey didn’t quite work out the way they were planned and I ended up spending some days in Amsterdam. One of those days was a Saturday, and I went with Christina and Bags to … Continue reading

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More science to support positive training

Over at Science of Dogs there’s a post about some research that confirms that when new behaviors are positively reinforced, the learning lasts longer than learning which receives negative reinforcement (punishment). Lighting the Pathways of Reward and Punishment. Again, this … Continue reading

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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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Eighty years of behavioral psychology says

that Cesar Milan is way off base, and that dominance is not leadership, and that what our dogs want is a leader. This great article argues convincingly that Milan and other dominance based trainers are on the wrong track. Prescott … Continue reading

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It might not seem like much

I am working on my computer and Chico is lying quietly in the unfenced front yard, even when cars go by. For some dogs, many, maybe most, dogs, this would be no big deal. For me and Chico, this is … Continue reading

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Have I been manipulated by my dog?

This morning around 8 the noises of heavy equipment arriving came floating in my windows. Banging and clanging and driving down a ramp sounds were followed by chainsawing and more clanging and scraping. When we finally headed out for a … 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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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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