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Anticipation – Using Time Outs versus Stops

February 18, 2014


“A common flaw in stimulus-controlled behavior is anticipation: Once the cue has been learned, the subject is so eager to offer the behavior that it acts before the cue has actually been given” (Pryor, 1984, 1999). I prefer to use the training correction “stops” given the context is connected with actively training dogs versus using timeouts for social corrections. There are inherent differences between the two types of context and use. To avoid confusion and provide consistent feedback between dog and owner/handler, understanding when, why, where, and for what reason should be considered at all times. Dogs learn best when provided clear rules concerning their behavioral responses, doing this avoids anxiety produced when any subject is unsure about any consequences that may result from their behavior. This also explains why using punishment, especially incorrectly, can cause serious learning deficits.

Manners Minder Get On Your Bed!

February 12, 2014


Using A Manners Minder to Train Dogs This demonstration was designed to only be a quick video so clients could see an alternative way to train “get on your mat”, in this case, it was get on your bed and stay, until released. Boudicca, my Jack Russell is already trained to do this behavior. I […]

Good trainers: How to identify one and why this is important to your practice of veterinary medicine

January 31, 2014


The purpose of this brief article is to demonstrate the value of identifying “good trainers” and incorporating this knowledge into your practice. The following recommendations represent a consensus document compiled by the authors as one of the final projects in the Advanced Applied Clinical Behavioral Medicine course at the 2004 NAVC PGI. Many of the authors are now using these recommendations in their practices in ways that have increased their productivity and altered the way they now practice medicine.

How to Select a Dog Trainer Guide for Veterinarians

January 31, 2014


Veterinarians should play a key role in helping to guide clients towards trainers who use appropriate methods and have some baseline knowledge about dog behavior. For veterinarians who do not wish to cultivate relationships with specific trainers, but would like to give their clients guidance on choosing a trainer, providing a handout that their clients could use to screen trainers should help. The screening information below can also be downloaded as a handout from the ACVB website ( This screening process is designed to help clients avoid trainers who use methods that can often lead to more problematic behaviors and impair an animal’s welfare.

Fetch and Retrieve

January 30, 2014


Practicing fetch and retrieve with Christie. She was rewarded with food treat after every successful retrieve. This behavior has been taught using only positive reinforcement and marker training.

Darwin Learning To Pick Up Toys

January 28, 2014


The Pet Professional Guild Proudly Invites You to Attend The First Annual International Celebration of Force-Free Training and Pet Care, read about this event here: Calling All Pet Lovers This following training session is my way of showing how we can positively train our dogs to do all kinds of behaviors using positive reinforcement and marker […]


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