LOGISTICS: TRAINING IN SITU

LOGISTICS: TRAINING IN SITU

Like a red-headed stepchild, it’s easy to overlook those little, everyday logistical behaviors, like taking off (or putting on) the leash, getting in and out of the car, taking the dumbbell from the judge. They are small, you usually don’t get any points for them, and...
Classical Conditioning is a One-Way Street

Classical Conditioning is a One-Way Street

It is important to remember, classical conditioning always only goes one direction. Bell -> Food The bell has to predict the food for the bell to cause the dog to drool. Food THEN bell will not have any effect. So if your dog doesn’t like a thing, and you want to...
How Splitting Can Overcome Motivation Problems

How Splitting Can Overcome Motivation Problems

  I stand here confronted by the recipe and its associated collection of produce. Step 1: Thoroughly rinse produce. Peel, trim and cut carrots into small dice. My thoughts: How important is it to peel carrots really? How important are vegetables really? How...
Oops… my bad!

Oops… my bad!

Earlier today I was working on Rugby’s hold portion of the retrieve behavior, specifically looking to build a strong hold on the glove. He’s got very terrier tendencies (as expected), and has a high frequency of thrashing and shredding soft materials. So I...
Does splitting take longer?

Does splitting take longer?

Question: Does breaking down a behavior and teaching individual components take longer than teaching the whole thing in big chunks (*coughcough* lumps)? Answer: Nope! Not at all. (or not if you’re doing it right.) Most people will agree that breaking down a...

Retrieve Over the High Jump

Free sample lecture from Skillbuilding 3! I don’t know about you guys, but my favorite part about my monthly Costco trips are the free samples (followed by wholesale wine). Who doesn’t love free samples? Nobody, that’s who! So I thought, for...