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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.

Cesar Millan’s Pain Flowchart

October 16, 2013


Originally posted on Science of Dogs:
With this handy chart, Millan and fans can easily dismiss any and all concerns about a dog’s well-being. Use this handy flowchart to help you justify the use of force. Deutsch   Français   Español   Svenska Related articles Shadow and Cesar Millan: An Update on the Strung Up Husky ( Exhaustion…

Historical difference between behaviorism and ethology

October 8, 2013


Let’s examine this issue for what it is! I could be wrong, but wasn’t or isn’t the rift between those coming from strict behaviorism backgrounds vs those coming from ethological, biological type backgrounds specializing in actually studying animals in their natural habitats more about the fact that behaviorists, meaning those who followed Skinner were not […]

More on the dreaded “No Reward Marker”

September 13, 2013


Here’s the video that sparked this post!  Dogs at play and my commentary! Darwin, Cooper and Boudicca Sept 2013  This is great! If you don’t watch anything but the last 1 minute or less, the opportunity is presented and it’s set up during the video with my added commentary and my well-timed use of a […]

Qualifying dog owners, argumentative dog trainers, dogs suffer!

September 10, 2013


This article ‘Dog Whisperer’ disciple denied Stokenchurch dog adoption is actively being shared on FB and because this topic is rather sensitive, and until I could review it, refrained from sharing. The reason for its sensitivity is many professional dog trainers, me included, are trying to refrain from criticizing other dog trainers that might also include […]

More on Self-Control and Managing Dogs Behavior

September 1, 2013


“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail” Abraham Maslow 1966 Dog trainers when disparaging other dog trainers who in their opinion are using methods contradictory to theirs often use this popularly used phrase. I’m going to suggest the same sentiment carries over to anyone they oppose and can and does […]


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