Dog Training

Dog Training 101: What is Clicker Training?

Dog Training 101: What is Clicker Training? By Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., CDBC, CAP2 edited by Kimberly "Kim" Archer, CPDT-KA, CTDI Clicker training is a training method using a handheld plastic box that makes a clicking noise when depressed by a trainer. This click allows a trainer to mark a very precise moment in time, communicating to a dog exactly when [...]

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 [...]

Health & Safety

Why Prong Collars Hurt

Thank you Eileen Anderson for writing an informative blog on the physics of a prong collar. Please see additional note at the bottom of the post. Prong collars, also called pinch collars, are metal chain [...]

Dog Agility Training

A Quick Guide to Agility Organizations

By Brenna Fender The United States offers many agility sanctioning organizations, which means that American competitors have lots of options for different agility experiences. There are more similarities than differences between the organizations. Most are [...]

Courteous Canine Articles

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 [...]

Cognitive Dog Training

Another forward thinking blog by Pam Hogle. I first started teaching about what I called cognitive dog training several years ago. I didn’t invent it; I simply named what a lot of positive, forward-thinking dog [...]

There are no short cuts

A wonderful blog on training short cuts written by one of the masters: Kay Laurence. When we are working with an animal our own needs can direct our choices and decisions. We focus on outcomes [...]

Why Prong Collars Hurt

Thank you Eileen Anderson for writing an informative blog on the physics of a prong collar. Please see additional note at the bottom of the post. Prong collars, also called pinch collars, are metal chain [...]

“Naughty” Dog Or Normal Dog?

by Anna Francesca Bradley In spite of the various labels commonly assigned to them, dogs do not deliberately set out to make their s’ lives difficult. Photo: Susan Nilson I’ve lost count as [...]

Do Dogs Have a Negativity Bias?

  This is a fascinating article by Linda Case on Negativity Bias and how it probably also applies to dogs. This article helps support the need for positive reinforcement based training! Negativity bias – We [...]

The Problem with Punishment

Punishment comes at a price. Learn more about this by reading this blog by Anna Francesca Bradley.  Punishment generates negative emotions of frustration, anger, anxiety, fear and causes pain; a far better approach is [...]