Tips and information about how to observe your dog's behaviors to get more insight on what is in his or her canine mind.
Some insights and observations on training soft dogs from my working with Wally.
Going from "theory" to "application" in training where a dog takes what he or she learns in your "class" out into the "real world".
Ideas on how to use what I call "Behavioral Visualization" to enhance teaching your dogs behaviors, especially if you are shaping.
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.
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's just one reason they sleep. The other is latent learning, which helps their mind sort and remember information just acquired.
The way I use what Wally likes in order to train him using shaping.
Dealing with fear during training is a challenge. Here's some ways I approached it when dealing with fear in my own dog.
Dogs read our bodies as much as they would another dog's body language. Here's some ways that may be useful in training and communicating with your dog.
Learn how to read your dog's body language and calm them when they show signs of stress. Understanding canine communication is especially useful during training.
A look at how evaluating yourself, your dog, and the things that oppose your goal can help you make progress in your training.
Games are wonderful. You want to teach your dog to follow rules? Teach him a game. You want him to be intent on you? Play a game with him. You want him to get "Exercise, Discipline, and Affection"? Play a game with him. You want to make training fun for both you and canine? Teach and play games.
Discover how cues, contexts, and reward schedules interact when training your dog.
Some real world examples of the uses of operant conditioning and what quadrants are in play.
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 behaviors, and develop new behaviors.
Training is like a business negotiation. You have something he wants (possible rewards); he has something you want (a behavior). Here's some ideas on how to use this dynamic to your advantage.
Things I had to learn starting out and, hopefully, can help others just starting their journey as first time dog owners or trainers.
In the photo, you'll see Wally, the subject of hopefully a series of writing about my attempt at dog training. He's the first dog I've ever attempted to train and spend any amount of time with (he's my mom's dog and I watch/train him) and as luck...