Guest Post: Alpha vs. Dominance vs. Training Relationship

Alpha vs. Dominance vs. Training Relationship I was recently asked by a fellow dog trainer if I’ve ever used positive reinforcement training methods on any animals other than dogs.  She was thrilled when I responded that yes, I’ve trained horses this way as well. Everyone loves horses.  Including Ines.  In fact she rode horses and…

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A Whole Different View

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A video of Cesar Millan is going around the internet right now of him training a dog. Thought I’d give it a look and sure enough it was an episode I had previously watched back before I had crossed over. I was surprised at my reaction. With all the new knowledge on dog behavior and…

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Coming When Called

Last week I went to Loker’s second group training class “Courteous Canines” taught by the talented Stacy Greer (who will guest post soon!) of Adventures in Canine Training (http://aictdfw.com). I had a friend record some of the class so that I could share with you all! Recently I had a request to talk about training…

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Reflections from the Crossover Trainer

After a few years working with people and their dogs and teaching them the “wrong” info, I am feeling a bit down. There is no way to go back in time and teach them these new strategies. I only hope that I have not completely ruined the lives of the dogs I worked with and…

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Behavioral Shaping through Clicker Training

A method that I have been wanting to try for a while now is called Shaping. This involves no luring or direction from the trainer and simply a click/treat when the dog does something right. You work up step by step until the dog is performing the goal behavior regularly and then you add the…

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Clickity Click Click

Some tips on becoming a great clicker trainer! Clicker training is part of being a positive trainer. So far I have used the clicker for two completely different techniques. One technique is to teach the dog a trick or cue and the other is to start building positive associations for things that may scare my…

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6 Phrases to Avoid to Live Your Best Life « Positively Positive

6 Phrases to Avoid to Live Your Best Life [BLOG] « Positively Positive. Recently came across this article and thought that this applies even more so to training your dog. So many people don’t take the time to work with their dogs and look for a “quick fix” – that is why there is such…

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Puppy Class

Today we went to the first class of a group class that focuses on teaching your dog to pay attention with distractions around. Loker totally surprised the heck out of me! He did so much better than I expected. His threshold was about 20 feet most of the time, so I kept that distance as…

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