Can’t Touch This: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

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

Choice isn’t a reinforcer. So why is the behavior increasing?

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?

Still Adventuring

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

How Long?! Resolving to Overcome a Training Challenge

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

Troubleshooting Loose Leash Walking: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop

I’ve written about loose leash walking before–in fact, I did so for my first ever post for this blog hop! But it’s an inexhaustible topic. It’s a notoriously difficult task to teach for so many reasons–it’s boring, frustrating, and has the kind of “I know it when I see it” criteria that spells disaster for dogs and handlers alike. Here … More Troubleshooting Loose Leash Walking: Positive Pet Training Blog Hop