Is it Time To Clear Out Some Baggage?

If you are a newsletter subscriber then earlier today you would have received a post on evaluating and working towards eliminating “baggage” in your relationship with your dog. All of our dogs carry around some form of baggage from living with and learning from us. This baggage  is just artifacts of our dog training choices […]

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A Lack of Rules and Drive in Dog Training

While many of you are putting your life with your dogs under a microscope after my last two newsletters, I fear some of you may be drawing the wrong conclusions. As you observe your dogs’ source of reinforcement and joy you are observing that perhaps your spouses seem to be more reinforcing to your dogs […]

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Effective Triggers and the Transfer of Value

If you have been reading my blog for a little while, you are aware of my constant emphasis on relationship building and a solid foundation before you work on the “sexy” stuff in dog training. Although I am thrilled when I see people working at transferring the value of their dog’s rewards into things like a […]

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Don’t Forget to Laugh!

There have been some great reports written on my last blogpost after the last newsletter. I am happy to see so many of you are starting to exam the triggers your dogs have have that prompt responses from you. I just want this to be clear; Susan Garrett’s dogs do posses triggers that will prompt her […]

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Triggers To Reinforcement

The first newsletter in my new series Focus for Work was sent out today. For those of you that are working on the homework assignment I am using the blog as a place for your to comment. Would love to hear your thoughts on the series and your assignments. For those of you not on […]

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How Good Is Your Glue?

What’s Missing In Our Foundation Dog Training ? The laws of science have taught us all how to use reinforcement to shape our dogs’ responses. As we train a dog we are actually building behaviour, like a little girl with her glue gun making crafts or . . . if you were a little girl with […]

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Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends

Recallers 3.0 is “officially” over in that the lessons and webinars have all been delivered. However, the community is still wildly active inside. Many of the students are repeating the course all over again, as a group! Lynda O-H has been running a series of “Crate Games” challenges for everyone. Another amazing group of students (and staff) and […]

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Did I Make a Difference?

That question was suggested to me recently as one to think about “Susan, how would you answer that question at the end of your life.” Did I make a difference? I know my mom and dad made a difference raising 8 amazing children of their own and adopting two other equally amazing children (I won’t […]

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