Promoting Positive Reinforcement

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As part of my “Let’s Talk About Positive Reinforcement Training” initiative, I recently put together a video that demonstrates the reliability and connection that positive reinforcement can create. I reached out to my friends on Facebook and there was an overwhelming response! Everyone wanted to contribute their videos to the project. I chose to demonstrate…

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Off Leash Romps for Loker!

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For those that don’t know, Loker has had to be on leash for the last few months because our current fence is short and he can hop over it without effort. We’ve worked hard on coming when called and auto-check ins and I’ve recently taken the plunge into letting Loker off leash more often in…

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The Downfall of Labels and Miscommunication

What if you switched the word “interrupter” with “correction”? What if you switched the word “punisher” with “interrupter”? Does the label truly affect what is actually occurring? Is the label all that separates “all positive” trainers from “balanced” trainers? Is our difference in vocabulary the main difference between our training? Is it even fair to…

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Reflections on a Horse Clicker Training Clinic by Peggy Hogan

In early October I attended a horse clicker training clinic taught by Peggy Hogan. I used to ride and jump horses and some day I hope to do it again. When I rode, I was knowing for having strong legs and being able to make any horse move. I was given the stubborn lesson horses…

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Counter Conditioning/Desensitization Breakdown

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Counter conditioning is when you teach the dog that good things will happen when the scary thing appears. It’s a simple tool to have in your toolbox and there are so many ways it can be applied. I use it a lot with both of my dogs to work with their reactivity to other dogs…

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Why You Shouldn’t Need Verbal Encouragement in Training

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I’ve caught myself talking to my dogs to encourage them to keep going. Usually, I try to remain silent to let them focus, but sometimes I’ll talk to try to get them to keep going. When I saw this pop up in a recent conversation, I realized it might be a good topic to discuss…

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Guest Post: My Journey to Crossing Over

In Spring of 2013 I was contacted by a fellow trainer who had a few questions for me. I soon learned that she was also in her crossing over transition and we’ve helped each other grow in different ways. She is now my assistant moderator on the “Let’s Talk About Positive Reinforcement Training” Facebook group…

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Educating the Community

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In September, I had the privilege of sharing my observation skills with the “average dog owner.” I was invited to present about dog-dog introductions. This is tough for many people because they want to keep their dogs safe, but the leash creates a frustrating barrier for many dogs. I started with basic body language observation…

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