TLDR? I really, really like this book. Check it out. If you had asked me how you play with dogs around the time that I adopted Nala, I probably would have said something like this: “Oh, you know. You can play fetch (but Nala isn’t a huge fan of fetching). You can play tug, … More Nala Reviews: Dog Sports Skills, Book 3: Play!
In the middle of Saturday’s idyllic (off leash!) hike, the fella and I suddenly realized that we were in a pretty pickle: we needed to cut our wilderness walk short so that he wouldn’t miss a haircut. We had two choices: cut it very short, and drop me and the pup off at the house, or wander a … More Nala Reviews: THK Proper Toppers
Sometimes, things don’t go the way you planned. Inspired by the Muzzle Awareness Week post at Two Blockheads, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about and show you this week: using non-muzzle, easily available household objects to begin this process of desensitizing and counter-conditioning your dog to wear a muzzle. Why Would Nala … More Can’t Touch This: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop
It’s been a while since I’ve shared an unedited training session, and this shaping session the other day was just too cute not to share. This is our third (I think?) session of Nala learning to rest her chin between her paws on cue. We’re free shaping it and it’s been a few days since we … More Trick Training in Action: Shaping Edition!
A while ago, a post on one of my favorite blogs motivated me to write more on something I’ve been wanting to write on for a long time–choice, and how offering Nala the opportunity to make choices has increased her confidence and comfort out in the world. In fact, offering Nala choices has caused a lot … More Choice isn’t a reinforcer. So why is the behavior increasing?
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!
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