Training for Distance

Training for Distance

Adding distance to a behavior is one of those things that sounds simple on the surface, but can get sticky in practice. Intellectually, you know that the secret (which isn’t really a secret) is to gradually increment the distance, reinforcing your dog for performing...
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...

Interview with a Dog Training Goddess: Leslie McDevitt

Is there a trainer out there that has significantly influenced you in a major way? I have several, but one of the top women that changed the way I look at training is Leslie McDevitt. I loved her book and, as soon as I finished it, I purchased the accompanying DVD...