Some insights and observations on training soft dogs from my working with Wally.
Coton de Tulears, or Cotons for short, are interesting little dogs that have fun personalities and easy to live with temperaments. Here, we'll look at more of their traits and personality.
Wally was a challenge to train back when we first started. He was fearful of the training process, and uncertain of both himself and me. Fortunately, discovering and mastering shaping helped us both.
Dogs use landmarks and mental maps as part of their learning, both of their surroundings as well as while engaging in training.
Training is mentally tiring for a dog, but that is just one reason why they sleep. The other is a process called latent learning, which helps their mind sort and remember the information just acquired.
The way I use what Wally likes in order to train him using shaping.
Discovering and learning about calming signals and how reading them when your dog gives them is useful during training.
Tactics is the method by which you will achieve an objective. This comes into play in dog training by way of operant and classical conditioning. This is the way we "attack" behavior issues, strengthen existing...
Things I had to learn starting out and, hopefully, can help others just starting their journey as first time dog owners or trainers.