Dog Training

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Why Counter Conditioning Doesn’t Work

A common criticism of counter conditioning is that it does not work. While there can be many reasons why a behavior modification protocol based on counter conditioning fails it is almost always user error not that the counter conditioning itself doesn’t work. Here are four common reasons that cause counter conditioning to fail. Four reasons why Counter Conditioning doesn't work: [...]

Pitfalls of Punishment

Author’s Note: Positive punishment is when you add something unpleasant when an undesirable behavior is displayed to discourage that behavior. Negative punishment is when you take away something pleasant when [...]

Health & Safety

Animal Abuse Harms People Too

by Daniel Antolec If you are reading this blog then I may safely assume you are an animal lover, but sometimes love is not enough. Sometimes advocacy through direction action is required. I post this [...]

Dog Agility Training

Million Dollar Dog Games

  Million Dollar Dog Games is looking for dogs to compete in a cross discipline competition featuring Agility, Dock Diving and Flying Disc for CASH. Read more about it >

Tighten Those Turns

By Brenna Fender Several dog sports benefit from tight turns. Agility is the most obvious one, but rally and traditional obedience also include about turns that are best done tightly around the handler. Turning tightly [...]

Homemade Agility

By Brenna Fender Before you could buy agility equipment online, and even before plans for making agility equipment became available, people practiced agility for fun in their backyards, and you can too! As long as [...]

Courteous Canine Articles

Dog Fight Emergency Handling

All dog fights must be considered extremely dangerous. Even dogs that are intending not to hurt each other could cause serious damage. Dogs can significantly vary in size so a large dog can even accidentally fatally injure a small dog. Never follow the very poor advice of “letting the dogs work it out.”

The Sharing Game

  By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., PCBC-A, AABP-DBCT, CDBC, CAP2 Please note that if your dogs have a history of fighting, do not play the sharing game without the guidance of a professional. Safety is always [...]

Talking to Dogs

 by Pam Hogle Photo by Deni Elliott A newly published study finds that dogs pay attention to both the way we talk to them and to what we say. Alex Benjamin and Katie Slocombe’s ‘Who’s a good boy?!’ [...]

Animal Abuse Harms People Too

by Daniel Antolec If you are reading this blog then I may safely assume you are an animal lover, but sometimes love is not enough. Sometimes advocacy through direction action is required. I post this [...]

Thunderphobia in Dogs

by Daniel Antolec Thunderphobia is the fear of thunderstorms and it can be severe enough to make a dog’s life miserable.  It may be more common than you know. At least 20% of dogs suffer noise [...]

The Opposite of Force

by Eileen Anderson I think I’ve figured something out. I continue to see the concept of choice bandied about the positive reinforcement-based training world. It can be a code word for a setup that includes negative [...]

So Easy to Miscue …

by  Pam Hogle A few days ago, I heard a story on the radio about police dogs and their handlers. The reporter was talking to a retired police dog handler who now trains dogs and [...]

Clicker Training for Cats (1/6)

By Paula Garber and Francine Miller Just as with dogs, or any other animal, clicker training a cat is an ideal way to provide both physical and mental stimulation Photo (c) Can Stock Photo/Anobis [...]