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When We Know Better We Do Better

March 18th, 2022|Training|

Learn with us at Lemon's Hope Sanctuary Working with problem behaviors requires more than simply following a protocol. You need to be able to wrap your head around a number of concepts, some that might seem in opposition to each other. The idea that using positive reinforcement to train is a good thing. It has ...

Drive Is A Figure Of Speech

February 27th, 2021|Behavior Modification, Dog training|

When I think about all the different dog breeds, and the way people talk about them-this breed being more challenging, more driven, more one thing or another compared to others- it's helpful to bring it back to behavior and reinforcement. Different breeds find certain activities or consequences to be more or less reinforcing. When ...

The Concept Dog Trainers Need to Know

July 19th, 2020|Aggression/Aggressive, Dog training, Helping fearful dogs, Training|

In May in Vermont I am presenting two seminars. Understanding fear-based behavior in dogs, is one I am most often invited to present at different venues. It hasn't changed much over the years and that should be attributed to the fact that nothing new about behavior, since I first created the presentation, has changed. The ...

Forget About Stress & Anxiety

September 4th, 2019|Dog training, Helping fearful dogs, Problem Behavior|

First off, sorry. The title was designed to get your attention. We cannot forget about stress and anxiety but rather than focus on those conditions we assume a dog is experiencing, let's get down to the business of behavior. It has been important that people have been encouraged to learn about behaviors that dogs perform ...

The Changing Role & Responsibility of Rescues & Shelters

March 29th, 2019|Dog training, Helping fearful dogs, Shelters and Rescues|

There may have been a time when schools only needed to be charged with teaching students reading, writing and arithmetic. But as society changes schools become responsible for instruction that either used to be provided at home, or represents a new field of study. When I was in high school we had a choice of ...