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...
Weight shift is real, ya’ll!

Weight shift is real, ya’ll!

This is going to be geeky to the extreme, and I am completely unapologetic! Beautiful heeling is a highly subjective thing. Everyone has their own aesthetic sense of what “beautiful” means… their own picture in their mind of perfect heeling. And that’s totally fine!...
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...

Should I stay or should I go now?

One of the challenges of learning “stay” from the dog’s perspective, is humans often want to teach it in a very vague manner, which leaves the actual stay itself very poorly defined. It’s compounded by the fact that we usually aren’t thinking very much about sitting...