September 7, 2014
Additionally, I was reminded by Dr. Pilly’s training that discouraging using “no reward markers” was something I would never do. See my reasoning and interpretation of this here: Words! Good and Bad? Using No Reward Marker, It’s Your Choice!
July 19, 2014
This turned out AWESOME! Not just because my dog Boudicca is a star, but the view is AWESOME!!!
July 19, 2014
This could not have been planned! But it turned out AWESOME! If only dog training was as easy as being a wizard and waving a magic wand! Nope, that's not really very realistic, we and our dogs have to live in reality and reality is, it takes a lot longer than a few weeks or months to raise happy well-adjusted and trained dogs. Come down off your cloud and get real, get the right help so that you too can have a dog like this. And without using punishments that leave marks visually and mentally on your dog/s.
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.
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 (www.dacvb.org). 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.