reinforcement based training

Dog Training in Agility: What We Do For Love

One of my online students challenged me recently. She is a highly successful agility competitor in the United States. She has been a student on Handling360 since the beginning. She said to me last week "why do you not stress the dog training part of [...]

2020-01-11T19:37:31-04:00February 17th, 2016|33 Comments

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

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 [...]

2020-03-07T20:37:47-04:00September 5th, 2013|76 Comments

Respecting the Value

While writing my last post about value building in Crate Games I was reminded of a post I answered about using a food toy such as the Tug It toy or other container with food in it. One reader on a forum asked; Why not [...]

2018-09-11T04:15:10-04:00January 19th, 2011|30 Comments

Birds, Sheep, Rats and other Out of Control Rewards

Last week during our discussion of training methodology several of you wrote in with the same concern (and I'm certain there where several more of you that sat in silent wonder in front of your computer screen).  The question is, can you control your dog's [...]

2018-08-27T02:05:36-04:00April 7th, 2010|12 Comments

Punishment: Pros and Cons

Some great comments from yesterday's post. Here is the kicker though, not all dogs that are trained with positive punishment will cower in fear or tuck their tail oreven dislike training.  The truth is, a very skill trainer that has brilliant timing can produce a [...]

2010-04-01T12:53:13-04:00April 2nd, 2010|16 Comments