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Raise your hand if you walk into a post office and are flooded with warm, happy feelings.  No?  It's just me?  When I was growing up, my grandmother was the Postmaster for her town's post office and I spent many vacations watching her sort the mail and sell stamps and money orders while catching up on town gossip....

If you mention giving dogs more control in training, most people envision a dog that chooses to run wild, chasing cats, stealing ice cream cones, and knocking over little old ladies.

Instead, we're talking about giving the dog some level of control over what happens to them in situations where it's safe and appropri...

Even though our dogs are reliant on us to provide them with food every day, dog owners (and countless dog trainers) still have trouble grasping the idea of getting the food out of the dog bowl and into the dog's training routine.

Food is universally motivating for all animals - we can't survive without it. Food is r...

From sonic noise machines to citronella sprays, cans of compressed air to electronic shock collars, there is a never ending stream of products and techniques advertised to STOP problem behavior. But do they provide real solutions?

Let's say you just started a new job. The pay is good, you have a nice office and the...

A common misunderstanding about reward-based training is the belief that dog owners will have to carry treats "all the time."  But the beauty of reward-based training is that, unlike special collars, squirt bottles, and other aversive methods, you can train your dog without having anything in your hand.  Heck, you...

Here's a compilation of some work I did with a dog who wouldn't walk into the hallway that led to the bathroom, let alone the bathroom, itself, if the owner was in the bathroom or even moving toward the bathroom door. This is not a how-to video, just an example of the small steps that I reinforced.

Clicker training...

The chin rest is one of my favorite behaviors to teach and an important first step toward cooperative care. This video shows how to get the chin rest and build duration. Special tip for small dogs, too!

I know it looks really impressive on television, but provoking a dog into exhibiting aggressive behavior and then "correcting" it is not behavior modification. It's behavior suppression.

This week, I spoke to someone who had worked with another trainer for help with their small dog's stranger-directed aggression.

The...

Is your dog "supposed to" stay out of the kitchen when you're cooking? Then why is he underfoot? Because he's stubborn? Because defying you is his first move toward total world domination? 

Or, maybe, he just knows that when you cook, there is a steady stream of goodies falling to the floor. 

I've seen plent...

"Your dog is barking because he thinks he's in charge. Your dog is sitting at a higher point on the furniture because he thinks he is higher ranking than you. How to fix it? Make him think you're pack leader by squirting, scruffing, poking, rolling, hanging, popping, zapping, etc."

Beware the trainer who tell...

The Premack Principle states that high-probability behaviors (those performed frequently under conditions of free choice) can be used to reinforce low-probability behaviors. 

Whaaaat??? Don't worry, you've not only seen it, you've experienced it. When you were a child, your mom probably said, "If you eat your peas...

BEHAVIOR - an observable and measurable change in the dog.

You probably already have a good idea of what behavior means, but when you describe your dog's behavior, do you describe it in terms of what she is or what she does?  

For example, I get a lot of dog owners who call me and tell me that their dog IS really dom...

ANTECEDENT - A preceding occurrence, cause or event.

In the past, dog training was focused solely on consequences of behavior – reward the good, punish the bad.  Now we know that all behavior is triggered by something.  That trigger is called an antecedent.  

For example, you don’t typically pick up your mo...

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