When you know better, you do better

I accidentally posted the perfect blog last week for this month’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop theme: Improvements/Successes. If you haven’t read Leo vs. the Track Team, check it out after you read this one, and be sure to hop on down the Linky List of my fellow bloggers. To continue on the theme of Improving asContinue reading “When you know better, you do better”

Leo vs. the Track Team

Leo redirected on me last week during a walk. Things had been going just smashingly and we hadn’t had a reaction worth reporting in a long time. On this walk, he was triggered by a pedestrian and a bike on the other side of the road. He barked, lunged, and redirected twice on my leg.Continue reading “Leo vs. the Track Team”

What your dog needs

The theme for this month’s Positive Pet Training Blog Hop is training mistakes. Before I caught on to this whole positive training thing, I made so many mistakes that I wrote a book about them, called Bark and Lunge: Saving My Dog from Training Mistakes. Everyone makes technical mistakes, like using the wrong gear, or usingContinue reading “What your dog needs”

How to break up a dog fight

This happened during Positive Pet Training week when the theme was multiple dogs, but sadly I didn’t have a chance to write it up in time. Mia and Leo hadn’t been in a nasty fight in almost two years, and generally are the bestest of buddies. Most of the time, I feed them sort of separately. Leo getsContinue reading “How to break up a dog fight”

What’s so great about being positive anyway?

This month’s Positive Training Blog Hop theme is reviews. Product reviews actually, but I’m going to review myself instead. Or rather, my effort to use All-Positive language during April’s A to Z Challenge. It wasn’t that hard to come up with topics for each letter… what was hard was expressing my point of view without usingContinue reading “What’s so great about being positive anyway?”

T is for Treats

As you’ve read, string cheese is the high-value training treat of choice around here, used to help Leo overcome his fear of bicycles and other fast-moving objects. With a reward-based counter-conditioning program, you’re supposed to use a treat that is special to that training, and it’s supposed to be extremely high value. At first, IContinue reading “T is for Treats”

R is for Reward-Based

My relationship with my dogs is based on what’s often called “positive reinforcement.” This is a form of operant conditioning with the goal of increasing the likelihood a behavior will be repeated by reinforcing it with a positive stimulus. Dog gets cookie when he sits on cue –> Dog likely to sit again when heContinue reading “R is for Reward-Based”