How to Use Behavioral Science to Train Your Dog…

Behavioral Science Benefits in Training Your Dog

Training is a key part of dog ownership. With the right approach, training not only improves the relationship between you and your dog but also makes your dog’s life more interesting!   Here are some basics from the field of behavioral science to help you approach training naturally and effectively.   First of all, it is important to realize that you are training your dog all the time whether or not you intend to. All creatures are continually learning and updating their behavior according to their experience. When a dog’s behavior gets the result they want (food, attention, etc), they … Continue reading

Ask the Trainer: Help! How Do I Train My Deaf Dog?

Deaf Dog Training Tips!

Training our dogs is all about communication. Clear, consistent cues enable our dogs to learn quickly and easily, while reinforcing the learned behaviors make the behaviors strong and long lasting. But how can we communicate to our furry, four-legged friends if they can’t see or hear us?   In reality, training a blind or deaf dog is no different than you would train a dog that can see or hear. It’s as easy as ABC. Antecedent. Behavior. Consequence. An antecedent is something that causes a behavior to occur. A classic example is the ringing of the doorbell causing a dog … Continue reading

A Secret Insight Into How Dogs Learn!

How Dogs Learn and Follow Your Commands!

My friend Anna looked exhausted when she complained to me about her yellow Lab. “Ainsley is so stubborn,” Anna said. “She pees all over the house, when I know she knows not to do it, and she won’t even sit when I tell her to.”   “Have you trained her to sit?” I asked. “Yes!” Anna responded. “She learned it in puppy class.” “Oh cool. So, do you still give her treats when she sits now?” “No. Of course not. We already did that,” she said. “I shouldn’t have to bribe her. She learned how to sit two months ago … Continue reading