Just What are You Rewarding???

Just What are You Rewarding???

The cookie your dog just gobbled up increases the likelihood she will repeat a behavior–the behavior she believes earned the cookie.  How do you know which behavior that is?  Ensure that you and she are on the same page by paying attention to the timing and...
I Didn’t Have Time to Train

I Didn’t Have Time to Train

“I didn’t have time to train this week.” When I hear a student say this, my brain flashes to a science fiction universe where dogs are kenneled in suspended animation, waiting timelessly until their owners have time to train. Back in the real world, even though my...
Cookie Magnetism

Cookie Magnetism

Any second grader will tell you—magnetism is a fickle force. Only a few things attract each other. Move the magnet too quickly, and it doesn’t grab hold. Get too much distance between magnet and object, the attraction diminishes and things fall away. In...
Dog Training’s Magic Word: Sit

Dog Training’s Magic Word: Sit

I use “Sit” with my dogs a lot.  This may sound basic, but it’s also dog behavior magic.  It’s the most basic meme in our communication with dogs. It’s the place where human behavior meets dog behavior. I speak or gesture: sit. The dog...