A couple of weeks ago, I published a post that was a philosophy and methodology statement and a brag concealed behind a pile of prose about a thorny tree: Nala has a terrific recall, even off of prey, built and proofed with positive reinforcement alone. Nala’s recall is something that I’ve poured hours of thought, training, … More Games to Level Up Your Recall!
She even opens it herself. (Those are really great toys, custom made for us by a lovely lady with an equally lovely Etsy shop, if you’re curious.) Thanks for watching! Do your dogs open their own mail?
At the easternmost edge of our yard grows a tree covered in thorns. It yawns unassumingly against the fence during the damp, heavy heat of spring and summer and summer’s dog days, imitating the yard’s other, friendlier trees. Still, even when it is inconspicuous to us on the ground, the squirrels never leap onto its … More The Toothache Tree
Last year, I posted a few times about how badly I wanted to be able to let Nala explore the world off-leash whenever it would be safe and legal for her to do so on a hike. You may remember, though, that I had some reservations about doing so because Nala is environmentally sensitive. We’ve worked very hard … More Still Adventuring
At the beginning of this week, I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about for this month’s positive pet training blog hop. I was going to dash off a cheerful little post about one of my most chronic training foibles–as I’ve said before, I really struggle with raising criteria. Theoretically, I know what to … More Working Through Frustration – Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
What’s your training achilles’ heel? Mine is actually three heels, as it were–training duration, reducing reinforcers, and training stillness. Three heels which, as you might have already guessed, are all linked together in one big weird misshapen leg-protrusion of weakness and arrow vulnerability. Okay, my nerdy, allusive metaphor is pretty belabored and isn’t working very … More How Long?! Resolving to Overcome a Training Challenge
As part of my resolution to post an unedited training video each week this month, I decided to fulfill a reader request (thanks, Romping and Rolling in the Rockies!) to show what a session shaping a new behavior looks like. And since it’s a conditioning and rear-end awareness exercise, what better time to share than … More Un-cut trick training on Fit Dog Friday