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

January 31, 2014

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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.

Words! Good and Bad? Using No Reward Marker, It’s Your Choice!

November 9, 2012

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Words! Good and Bad. Is Using a No Reward Marker Bad? If Good Is Understood Why Can’t No Indicate A Mistake! Why does everything have to be one way or the other? Lindsay’s Alternative Theory of Reinforcement According to Lindsay (2000), “sharp lines of distinction between instrumental and classical phenomena do not exist except under the […]

Learning, what does this mean?

October 5, 2012

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Learning “Our quality of life is dominated by our actions and the actions of others…any systematic effort to understand behavior must include consideration of what we learn and how we learn it.” Michael Domjan. I think before one can discuss what learning means one might want to understand what enables one to learn. Behavior is […]

Defining a dog behavior problem

August 2, 2011

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Typically, there are several ways to approach and define a problem dog behavior. First, a behavior consultant should have a clear understanding of what normal behavior patterns are for any particular species and that normal behavior may be expressed inappropriately depending on the environment. Second, the behavior consultant should consider a clients “…cultural and personal preferences and normative judgments” since they may impact the client’s “attitudes and expectations, scientific understanding, societal mores [customs] about animal behavior, and costs…associated with the dog’s behavior” (Lindsay, 2001).

The Human – Dog Bond ~ a matter of selective love and despise

June 11, 2011

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“According to traditional Judaeo-Christian philosophy, an absolute moral and conceptual barrier exists between our species and the rest of animal creation” (Serpell, 1995). Dogs enjoy a unique relationship with humans unlike any other domesticated species capable of serving our many whimsical and utilitarian needs and according to Serpell (1995), “[d]omestic dogs are unusual or exceptional in so many different respects,” pointing out they were the first domesticated species creating a “revolutionary change in human affairs.”

Disciplined Dog Training Using Play

March 21, 2011

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How can the behavior consultant help? In matters of behavior, dog owners should seek out only those consultants qualified through appropriate education and training. Animal behavior problems can be complicated along with recognizing the unique characteristics of each individual animal and family. The skilled behavior consultant will embrace not only scientific knowledge but will have sufficient education in dog behavior consulting as exemplified by cynopraxic modalities. The cynopraxic trainer-consultant will not only acknowledge the necessity of play, esthetic appreciation, emotional empathy, compassion and ethical restraint but will characterize qualities that mediate connectedness, facilitate the bonding process, support behavioral healing, composure, sincerity of purpose, presence and a certain amount of playfulness (Lindsay, 2001). In conclusion, “the ability to train dogs is an art that depends on a trainer’s ability to play and a dog’s ability to play in turn…where there is no play, there is no relationship or meaning.” Play facilitates “portals of affection and trust” and “humane dog training is playing with a purpose” and as “Heine Hediger (1955/1968) said, ‘Good training is disciplined play’ Lindsay (2001).