Three Months with Curtis the CRDAS

Three months ago I created this post: A Device to Help Us Help Our Dogs in The Car. About a month after I started using the Conditioner and Reinforcement Delivery Apparatus System (CRDAS, or “Curtis” for short), I gave up on the BOWL portion of the device. I tried various attachment methods, and either Rudy or Zane … Continue reading Three Months with Curtis the CRDAS

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

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

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!

And This Dog Can Sing

It is not that I am a liar, exactly; it is more that I am a teller of stories. It is this habit which caused some of my friends and family to doubt me when I tell them of my more remarkable experiences (even the ones which are completely true), and that consequence which has made … Continue reading And This Dog Can Sing

Human Demonization and Canine Absolution

    It is natural to discount philosophies which include objectionable or even abhorrent methodology, but it can be a mistake when we are too thorough in our rejection – there is often something that can be learned if we allow ourselves to learn it. I only use reward-based teaching and communication, and eschew physical … Continue reading Human Demonization and Canine Absolution