Browsing All posts tagged under »play«

Distractions, dealing with reactive group member

January 12, 2013


  Sometimes the environment offers great opportunities to make one’s point! The adolescent dog was actually a bit better than before I stopped, went back inside to get video camera and set up the demonstration. On the other hand, even though she is still a bit reactive, she does calm down simply by ignoring her. […]

Puppy Meets Darwin!

December 8, 2012


Watch Ellsa [newest foster dog] meet Darwin for the first time here   Updated January 2013, puppy is not doberman!

Boudicca Running Through SeeSaw, Hoop, Tunnel

November 16, 2012


This video is a quick play session showing Boudicca running through her agility equipment! 

Darwin and Riley Playing May 9, 2012

May 9, 2012


Darwin and Riley playing in AM     Lockerz: A Social Life That Pays. Earn points (PTZ) just for sharing images and videos! via Joyce Gamsby Kesling\’s Decalz | Lockerz.

Blog followers 8-)

August 10, 2011


August 10, 2011 Joyce Kesling, CDBC I’ve had a few recent additions to following my blog, I want to thank you. My goal and hope is to help further dog welfare, training and behavior modification using positive reinforcement. Don’t be shy, if you have any questions or would like to contribute a thought, idea or opinion, […]

Disciplined Dog Training Using Play

March 21, 2011


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).


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