shaping

Planning for a Successful Shaping Session with Your Dog

Last week we looked at creating a positive experience when visiting the vet. This includes shaping our dogs to cooperate in their own care.  Over the years on my blog, I've written a lot about the benefits of shaping. I've even included a video of [...]

2019-09-13T06:55:29-04:00September 12th, 2019|4 Comments

The Secret Sauce For Enthusiasm … Balance Breaks!

Fun is an essential ingredient to training success for you and your dog, and the secret sauce to maintaining enthusiasm and engagement in a training session is to take a break. We call these "balance breaks" and also use "reset cookies". It might seem counter-intuitive [...]

2019-08-12T02:06:24-04:00January 17th, 2019|14 Comments

Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping

Stoni & Shelby circa mid 1990's Last week we looked at luring vs shaping, so it's only fair that this week we are looking at shaping vs shaping. Recently in one of our Inner Circle coaching calls, we were discussing shaping, successive approximations, [...]

2020-01-11T07:30:25-04:00November 22nd, 2018|38 Comments

Your Dog Recovering From Severe Trauma . . . Is There A Baseline?

As many of you will know my then 8 year old Border Collie "Encore" suffered a major traumatic event 3 months ago when she collapsed seizing one morning which could not be stopped. With good medical care and the outpouring of prayers from this dog [...]

2020-01-11T21:11:59-04:00March 21st, 2013|95 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

Shaping Challenge

Okay, it is mid winter (for some, okay hard to imagine it as winter here in Florida). Here is a challenge for you all. Sometime before the weekend (that is two days) shape your dog to do something new. Come up with something [...]

2010-08-20T12:10:03-04:00February 11th, 2010|35 Comments