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
For the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about resolutions. I’m excited about 2016. So! I’ve decided to set some goals for us this year–goals beyond the usual sorts of things like learning new behaviors. I want to plan some adventures that Nala will really get a kick out of. In 2016, I have some goals for … More What’s In Store This Year?
The first time I ever did a Fit Dog Friday post, I told you guys how I had gotten Nala down to a reasonable weight after allowing her to balloon up about ten pounds over the high end of her acceptable weight range. Boy, have we come a long way since then. Last weekend … More 5 Ways I Taught Nala to be Ridiculously Agile
It’s a new year! It’s a new month! It’s Train Your Dog Month! Every January, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers hosts Train Your Dog Month since, as long as people are making resolutions, they might as well resolve to spend a month thinking about the “importance and benefits of training dogs to become … More Wanna Watch? – Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
Another weird choice for a Fit Dog Friday post, but bear with me, okay? As the weather has gotten chillier, Nala has become an inexhaustible well of physical and mental energy. We’ve been walking and hiking and training and doing shaping sessions. We’ve done position changes as a conditioning exercise, shaped backing up and put … More More Side Effects: Relaxation
Nala has a new favorite game, and it’s a little bit surprising.