In this article we look at the growing popularity of the dog harness. You can discover the different reasons why people like and dislike dog harnesses. And find out whether a body harness is better for most dogs than a collar. We also answer common concerns about body harnesses, such as “can harnesses stop dogs […]
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Modern dog training is based on ‘Learning Theory’. But the word ‘theory’ causes a lot of confusion in dog training circles. I often come across this sentence from those skeptical about modern training methods “It’s only a theory, it isn’t fact” This kind of statement is the direct result of the language barrier that exists […]
With new dog training methods have come some new words and phrases. Stimulus control is one of them! People quite often ask “what IS stimulus control” and the point of this article is to answer that question. I’ll be providing a clear definition of stimulus control, and explaining how it can help you to train your […]
You will hear dog trainers talk about aversives. But what do they actually mean? And does it really matter whether or not we use aversives in dog training? There is quite a lot of confusion about this topic, with many people thinking that the word aversives means cruel or harsh forms of punishment. Let’s take […]
Does your dog ignore you when you leave your treats at home? Has he figured out that when you don’t have cheese, there is no point in coming back to your whistle? This is a very frustrating experience for any dog owner. And one that is often mistakenly assumed by traditional trainers to be the […]
It is very common for people to get in a muddle with some aspects of the terminology that surrounds behavioral science when it comes to dog training. Most people nowadays do understand what Positive Reinforcement is. They understand that this means teaching dogs the right thing to do by reinforcing good behavior with rewards. However, […]
Dogs often behave badly From beating up other dogs, to stealing food. From digging holes in the lawn, to rolling in unmentionable things found on walks. Much as we love them, dogs have some annoying and embarrassing habits. But why do they do that? Dogs do things for one of two reasons. Either they are […]
Luring is a useful technique for us to use in training our dogs A ‘lure’ enables us to move a dog into different positions without grabbing at the dog. Or taking hold of him in any way! We can then mark and reward those positions or movements, and shape them into new behaviours. Why do […]
Stage Two dog training is the second stage in teaching a dog or puppy any new skill. This is the ‘Pair It’ stage of my: ‘Get It’, ‘Pair It’, ‘Teach It’ dog training system. It’s all about helping your puppy make sense of what you say. The language barrier between man and dog There is […]
Dogs can be trained to carry out quite complex tasks. But how do you begin to teach a dog to complete a ‘dance’ routine, or to unload a washing machine for his disabled owner. How are dogs taught to ‘act’ in films, play dead, hide in tiny spaces, or place objects into containers. In many […]