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

Fountain, Shield, Babelfish

At their simplest, training and guidance are just matters of being a provider of good things and a shield from bad things. This provides the motivation for our dogs to do what we ask. Then we determine how to ask in a way they understand. Consider the dog owner as the fountain of all things good: … Continue reading Fountain, Shield, Babelfish

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