Better living with our dogs through modern training methods based on behavioural science — Positvely rewarding for both you AND your dog!
Choosy Dogs Choose
We don’t want our dogs deciding for themselves. Or do we? Maybe it’s actually not up to us humans. Our dogs make choices all the time whether we want to admit it or not. It can be a problem if we try to control something we can’t control. I think the answer might be in managing and influencing their choices instead of trying to decide for them!
The Shock and Prong Collar War – An Opinion
Dog training is evolving rapidly. Some in the dog community feel that we need to actively prohibit the use of training equipment like electronic and prong collars. There are generations of habits and methods built up around these tools. How do we facilitate the transition to new methods without creating new problems? I think it’s a question we should be discussing.
How to Motivate Your Dog
Motivation is not something people associate with dogs. After all, there are no doggy motivational speakers. We just assume that our dogs want to do what we ask of them without considering things from their perspective. But what’s in it for them? Companionship? Adventure? Tasty snacks? Maybe nothing at all. The answer is more complex than you might think.
Functional Dog Trainers
The science of dogs and training can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. There are things that we need to know about our dogs and how to train them and there are things that are just nice to know. As science provides us new insights into our dogs, it is important to look at this new information in a larger context. We’re just trying to live better, happier lives with our dogs. Keeping the science in perspective can help us do that.
Why I Write About Dogs
It's been almost 20 years since our dog Vince showed me how much I didn't understand about dogs. Oh, I THOUGHT I knew all I needed to know. But Vince's low growl and bared teeth said otherwise. That began a marvelous journey of learning that has made life so much better for my family and my dogs. Science has helped me understand both my dogs and myself better. And that has made all the difference.
Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training?
There is a trend in modern dog training toward kinder, more dog-friendly training methods. Training that seeks to remove everything unpleasant for the dog and to make learning more enjoyable. But is kindness enough to teach our dogs? Is there more to being effective trainers than just being kind to our dogs and not using force?
This podcast has been instrumental in helping me understand my new pooch. I could never put my finger on what felt “off” about conventional training wisdom, and the conventional perspective of the human-dog relationship. This podcast has helped me cut through the cacophony of information out there, and hone in on some essential truisms about dogs, the species. It’s helped me train my dog, but also train myself to see him for what he is, not what I am.
I love learning from your podcast, and I just thought the episode on using Premack’s principle of reinforcement to work around the difficulty with recall was so clever! Thank you for sharing!