Moving Forward by Staying Still Dogs were living with people thousands of years before cats were. Perhaps the difference in the attitude and trainability between the two species is as much about tameness as it is about intelligence. Though it takes longer than with dogs, cats learn things much the same way dogs do, and I taught staying to … Continue reading Moving Forward by Staying Still

Pia, Iggy, and an Understanding

Powered by Linky ToolsClick here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list... Pia was not sure about Iggy when he first came to live with us. She worked with him often, and he came to respect her as much as she came to love him. They have come to an understanding. This … Continue reading Pia, Iggy, and an Understanding

Reward-Based, Positive Reinforcement, and Clicker-Training

  Clicker-trained dogs like Iggy tend to be very attentive.   History and Theory: Lures, Rewards, Whistles, Clickers Contemporary, reward-based animal training has its roots in marine-mammal training. During the mid-twentieth century, people began trying to train captive dolphins and orcas using negative reinforcement, or coercion methods, just as people had been training dogs and horses. … Continue reading Reward-Based, Positive Reinforcement, and Clicker-Training

Out for a Walk, or Off to War? This video is meant to illustrate one way to learn a behavior called “loose-leash walking”. There are many ways to learn this -- if you have a method that is already working well for you, and doesn’t involve hurting your dog in any way, then cheers! I call the game that we play to … Continue reading Out for a Walk, or Off to War?

Wait for Me, or Stay There! Separating the two cues wait and stay is not an absolute necessity, of course. Many will just have one standard stay cue to mean “remain where you are and in that position until I release you or tell you to do something else.” This is an adequate way of doing things, but separating the … Continue reading Wait for Me, or Stay There!

Lie Down and Be Calm for Meals

Lie Down and be Calm for Meals This behavior actually incorporates several tricks, and also requires the dog to exhibit a calm demeanor. This was relatively easy to achieve with Iggy, but a little challenging when working with Frankie. Frankie was slightly possessive of his food, generally more excitable than Iggy, and had a hard … Continue reading Lie Down and Be Calm for Meals

Reward for Elimination

When my dogs poop I reward them with a single tasty treat. This encourages them to eliminate early in our walk or outing. There is a natural tendency for people to walk a ways and then turn back as soon as our dogs do their business. This is a bad habit to form, because the dogs … Continue reading Reward for Elimination

Iggy vs. Pie, co-starring Dahlia Clicker fans may note I am breaking the important rule of "one treat per click, and after every click" -- I actually misunderstood this rule when I made this vid. The conventional wisdom is that if each click is not rewarded, the clicks will not be as valuable. I get it, and I do … Continue reading Iggy vs. Pie, co-starring Dahlia