I get this question pretty often from people who are new to clicker training. The basic explanation is that while praise may be fine for maintaining an existing skill, the click (or verbal marker) is simply the best, fastest way to teach new cues and skills. The click provides both information and motivation; both are necessary for learning in all species.Read More
When a dog reacts to an unfamiliar person coming towards him with raised hackles, barking, growling, and lunging, is he being aggressive? Protecting his people? These are two very common interpretations by guardians who are unaware of other, much more likely reasons for this behavior.
Don’t assume it’s about You.Read More
Does your dog have a delayed or unreliable response to Come, Down, or other commands? Do you see certain stress signals, like lip licking, looking away, sniffing the ground, moving slowly, or yawning? These responses indicate a poisoned cue.Read More
Getting dogs to go outside is usually not a problem. Getting them to come back in can be challenging. You probably already know that reaching out to grab the collar just starts a game of Keep Away. Instead of nagging, pleading, or getting angry (which doesn’t make it any easier for your dog to come to you), here are four new ways to get your dog to come inside when called. Let me know which one works for you!Read More
My last post explains the importance of using the right harness and leash. Here are five more ways we can improve leash walks. Minimizing pressure is the key because pressure is what triggers pulling. With better handling skills, plus improving the way we use our body and voice, we can influence our dogs to do what we want, rather than try to physically control them.Read More