Different Dog Training Techniques for Different Needs

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In dog training there is always tension when trainers discuss whether they prefer to shape a certain behavior or lure it. Clicker training is a technique where we use a noise maker, the clicker, to mark/identify the exact behavior that the dog is getting the reward for. You can watch my favorite intro to clicker…

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A Critique of Dog Training Techniques

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat, or train a dog for that matter. What makes some dog training techniques better than others? Why do trainers with the same philosophy train dogs using different techniques? Trainers who believe in force-free training can have different approaches to teaching the same skill to a dog.…

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Analyzing the Dog Whisperer’s Techniques Through the Eyes of Science-Based Theories

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I want to start out by saying that I used to be one of Cesar Millan’s, the Dog Whisperer, biggest fans. I even went to his seminar and met him in person in 2006. His methods worked for me until I adopted my dog, Loker. Loker put me on the path to seeking new knowledge…

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Why I Enjoy Teaching People to Train Their Dogs

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Bev Maahs KPACTP I had the opportunity today to see a friend whom I stayed with during my KPA workshops that I had not seen in a while. We had a chat about how long ago it was since I did the KPA, which is 3 years ago in May.  Between teaching foundation classes, she asked…

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Doggie Daycare Series – Part 2: I’ve Been Mugged!

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By far, the biggest adjustment for me has been getting used to dogs jumping on me to get treats, toys, or simply out of excitement. As I mentioned in Part I, the dogs that come to the day school center have very little training under their belt. It took me a while to adjust to…

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Doggie Daycare Series – Part 1: Reactive vs Proactive Management

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I recently took up a new position as a Day School Trainer at a local dog training company. While I still get to teach classes and give private lessons, I also have the opportunity to work with a different group of dogs everyday. This has really put me on the fast track to “pack” management…

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Modern Dog Training Is Not About Cookies!

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Bev Maahs KPACTP With my background in technology, I love the internet, a whole new world opens up, and opinions are easily shared. This of course works two ways, there is a lot of good information, and a lot of misinformation. Just like when I was young, we were encouraged to read newspapers, and be…

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Confidence IS The Cure – Dog Leash Reactivity

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I’ve owned my reactive dog, Loker, for almost 3 years already. Man does time fly! Our walks lately have been surprisingly relaxing. He’s mastered loose leash walking as long as I’m consistent and I’ve developed a new attitude: Whatever happens, happens. As we were walking down the street enjoying the nice spring breeze, I realized…

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