Tag: reinforcement

The Two Sides of Dog Training: The Right and the Wrong Way

Posted on 09/05/13 76 Comments

Big decisions in life (which result in a dramatic turn either left or right) are made by weighing the pros and cons of either direction. Nobody confidently steps away from the direction they feel is the right way. So we have to assume each of us has some level of certainty when making decisions in […]

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Non Reward Markers: Reducing the Use

Posted on 02/09/11 33 Comments

It seems everyone has a slightly different slant on their application of Non Reward Markers (NRMs) in training. Here is a little more on my approach. First of all, I never use them in training during a value building session (shaping). Actually, I rarely use them at all while teaching anything. I can think of […]

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Immediate vs Long Term Reinforcement

Posted on 08/18/10 32 Comments

Defining moments of decision happen both in the dog and in us. Do you hit the snooze alarm in the morning or do you decide to get up, giving you a few extra moments to train your dog before you leave for work? Do you see your dog responding inappropriately, yet decide it is too […]

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Stress; Another Distraction or Something Greater?

Posted on 08/02/10 11 Comments

Recently our recall e-class came up against where “Stress” fits into the list of distractions you need to work through. I have written several blog posts on stress over the 2 years I have been blogging, if you do a search on “stress” you will come up with quite few. This one will add …

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Questions, Concerns & Family

Posted on 07/12/10 18 Comments

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments on the blog. Lots of great questions as well in anticipation of the new e course. I am going to cover a few here today. Many concerns from those of you that live alone and how are you going to do these restrained recalls without someone […]

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Can I Touch You Through My Computer Screen?

Posted on 07/08/10 165 Comments

I thought the title of this post sounded a bit naughty but I figured, at the very least, it would get your attention. Today I have a great surprise for everyone. If you are a newsletter subscriber, and have read my latest newsletter, you will know that I am planning on launching an e-course, likely […]

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Planning to Fail is the Path to Success

Posted on 07/07/10 37 Comments

When you plan to fail one of the most important components of your plan is “what do I do when my dog does fail?” To answer this question, keep in mind the most critical element of training the way I do and that is you must control the access to reinforcement. So the first thing […]

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Planning to Fail

Posted on 07/06/10 16 Comments

Reading through your questions and comments on recalls makes me wonder if you guys have introduced what I refer to as “Planned Failures” in your dog training. Planned failures happen in a controlled environment when the following conditions apply. Don’t fall for any cute looks when your dog fails, be strong and don’t “help” them. […]

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Recall Collapse?

Posted on 06/30/10 139 Comments

Most puppies come with the basics of a recall. I said most not all, there are those independent models out there that learn very early on that the world has much to be discovered and they need to explore every inch of it All puppies can be taught a brilliant recall, it is much easier […]

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Relationship Truce

Posted on 06/29/10 13 Comments

Wow, am I ever excited. It is going to be a tough week because I have a ton of stuff I want to share with all of you BUT on top of that, I have Greg and Laura Derrett here this week, so I will be a very busy teaching our biggest camp of the […]

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