reinforcement

Identifying And Using Positive Triggers For Your Dog

Last week we looked at understanding triggers. There are all sorts of triggers for your dog, good and bad. This week we are looking at good triggers that can be used to benefit your life with your dog to build YOU into your dog's rewards. [...]

2020-02-12T20:44:00-04:00January 11th, 2019|42 Comments

What’s a Reward for Your Dog? List of Reinforcers

Shelby with a beloved reward, a rock, at the 1998 USDAA GP Nationals. I've been blogging about dog training, dog behaviour, dog agility and dogs in general, with a few diversions, for many years now .... far more years than I probably thought [...]

2020-01-11T07:38:10-04:00October 11th, 2018|70 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|80 Comments

Non Reward Markers: Reducing the Use

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 [...]

2018-03-02T06:11:40-04:00February 9th, 2011|37 Comments

Stress; Another Distraction or Something Greater?

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 [...]

2010-12-07T14:50:56-04:00August 2nd, 2010|11 Comments