Tag Archives: positive reinforcement

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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Run Thoughs March 15, 2012

On Thursday the 15th of March Chico and I went to Run Throughs at White Mountain Agility in preparation for an upcoming trial (also because it’s fun and a good socializing opportunity). Here’s a video of our first of three … Continue reading

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Leash walking

When Chico and I were in Washington most of our walks were on a leash, in places where there was a TON of new information to be gathered by a canine nose and I realized that my dog is not … Continue reading

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Live at the Lyceum

UPDATE: I learned recently that the following week many of the audience members barked between songs, rather than, or in addition to, applauding. My trend-setting pup!  The innovative Tamworth Lyceum is holding a Sunday afternoon live music series this winter … Continue reading

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A bonus training opportunity

When we were in East Hampton, the weather was especially fine, sunny and in the 50s, so we spent a fair amount of time on K&A’s deck. There were dogs in the neighborhood that started to bark when we came … Continue reading

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On the money

Another place Chico is welcome is my wonderful credit union, Woodlands Credit Union. He’s so well behaved that the tellers often don’t even know he’s there. But the branch manager always does. And she always has a cookie for him. … 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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