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Good Trainers Are Visionaries

April 18th, 2022|Training|

A good trainer sees possibilities. They know what the final outcome looks like, sounds like, feels like. Good trainers recognize that choice is often a product of deprivation. The deprivation that increases motivation and the deprivation that excludes certain options as choices. Good trainers recognize that choice is often a product of deprivation. We recognize ...

Fear Periods

April 4th, 2022|Training|

It makes sense that people would ask me about fear periods in dogs. The most I feel comfortable saying (due to my limited understanding of physiological and neurological development) is that it is not uncommon for dogs at some time in their lives, to be more sensitive to learning to be afraid of things. A ...

Don’t Shame The Kindness Out Of Them

March 31st, 2022|Aversive Training, Problem Behavior, Training|

I should start by saying that my parents were kind people. They modeled being helpful and supportive of people who might struggle in the world because they were different from the other people in their family or community. They gave me a puppy for my birthday when I was 16, which makes them just about ...

Medications To Treat Fear, Anxiety & Reactivity

March 31st, 2022|Training|

Is your resistance to using medications holding your dog back? Among the challenges we face training dogs struggling with problem behavior is the size of the margin of error we have to work with. Training can be done without medications, and should be done along with their use. Medications serve multiple purposes. They can provide ...

It’s Not Just Behavior Modification

March 24th, 2022|Behavior Modification, Dog training|

Talking About Training It's not uncommon to hear trainers talking about using behavior modification to train. It's likely due to habit and a lack of familiarity with the progression in the ways we use operant conditioning to teach new skills. Behavior modification refers to some of the early, basic and often unethical practices based on ...