The importance of practice

Consider any skill you have ever learned to do well. Is there a sport you have learned how to play? How about a musical instrument? Is there a task at your job you were trained to perform? How did you learn these skills? What is the common element of playing clarinet, having a solid tennis … Continue reading The importance of practice

On changing a dog’s name

Names hold great importance to most humans. Names don't mean the same things to dogs. Theory of mind regarding dogs is changing quickly as people develop tests more appropriate for dogs, but... have you seen a dog pass gas and look back at their own butt, as if they don't know what happened? Or seen … Continue reading On changing a dog’s name

Zeno’s Paradox and the errorless stay

The Greek philosopher, Zeno of Elea, gave us modern dog trainers the key to errorless training over 2000 years ago. Zeno is famous for several philosophical and mathematical paradoxes, but the most important to us is the Dichotomy Paradox, in which he argued that motion is an illusion. It goes something like this: imagine you … Continue reading Zeno’s Paradox and the errorless stay

The Mythical Dog: prideful, spiteful, and stubborn

Humans and dogs are both very special animals. We enjoy a symbiotic relationship of mutualism which has allowed each of our species to propagate and thrive in ways our nearest relatives cannot approach. Because humans and dogs enjoy such a uniquely inter-personal relationship, and because we have bred dogs, or allowed certain individual dogs to … Continue reading The Mythical Dog: prideful, spiteful, and stubborn

PVC frames and braces for dog obstacles

My goals for jumps, hoops, frames, braces, tires, and all other fitness or agility equipment is that they are re-usuable, re-purposeable, and safe as possible. I don't like to use glue, because it makes re-purposing the PVC very difficult. Most PVC is available at big box stores, but it is harder to find furniture grade … Continue reading PVC frames and braces for dog obstacles

Be a PACT Leader!

PACT Leader Are you ready to bring your dog training skills to the next level? Are you ready to become a Certified PACT Leader? The Dog Guy School for Certified Passive Aggressive Canine Training Leadership Skills is now open! Introductory-level certification includes passive-aggressive basics like, "My other dog would sit for me." and "Don't you think … Continue reading Be a PACT Leader!

The dog is always right

In his 1948 utopian novel Walden Two, by BF Skinner, the character Frazier says, “I remember the rage I used to feel when a prediction went awry. I could have shouted at the subjects, ‘behave, damn you! Behave as you ought!’ Eventually I realized that the subjects were always right. They always behaved as they should … Continue reading The dog is always right

For R+ dog-trainers only: marketing and advertising advice

You are welcome to share this blog post.  Recently, on one of the dog trainer forums I frequent, a colleague asked a great question: “What one piece of advice about advertising do you wish you had heard, or heeded, when you were starting out?” The one piece of marketing advice I wish I had heard … Continue reading For R+ dog-trainers only: marketing and advertising advice

ABA Prep, dinner, and marriage

I am considering sitting for the Certified Behavioral Consultant Canine test in May 2017, and studying a little in preparation. It is causing some interesting phone calls between the wife and me. Wife: Hi, honey, how is it going? Me: good, good just studying. Wife: you don't sound so good; are you okay? Me: I … Continue reading ABA Prep, dinner, and marriage

Pack: another dangerous word (why dogs are pack animals)

Dogs are pack animals, and humans are not. It is en vogue these days, especially among progressive dog trainers, to say that dogs are not pack animals. The problem with this is that they are, and that to say otherwise is factually wrong. As caretakers for our dogs, it is our responsibility to have, or … Continue reading Pack: another dangerous word (why dogs are pack animals)