Because of my Dogs….

I’ll never want for new and disgusting smells to discover. I’ll always need that second cup of coffee. I’ll know that someone thinks highly of me. I’ll remember that naps are good but playing is better. I’ll never want for …

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A Dog is …

  a smile waiting to happen. a combustible mix of silly, and bonkers. able to shed at will, especially around new work clothes. always in the moment. never too busy to play. better medicine than any pill invented. always underfoot …

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The Disappearing Sit

Sometimes, dog owners are confronted with the mystery of a dog that suddenly stops doing a behavior that it previously knew. All of a sudden, or gradually in some cases, the dog doesn’t remember how to sit, or that it’s …

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Shaping Dog Behavior – Keep It Fun

What is shaping? Anytime we delve into the science of training and behavior we bump into some pretty healthy vocabulary. According to Wikipedia, shaping is “The differential reinforcement of successive approximations, or more commonly, shaping is a conditioning procedure used primarily in the experimental analysis of behavior.” …

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The Premack Principle

The Premack Principle is one of the best tools to have in your trainer’s toolbox; and despite its scientific name it is also one of the easiest and most effective. Simply stated The Premack Principle is “Before you can have …

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Dog Philosophy 101

A watched pot may never boil but a watched human soon produces food. Mystery is the key to wealth. Keep humans guessing what you want and they will shower you with gifts. Humans are fond of baths. If they are …

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