Training Tidbit: Jumping Up

This is such a common problem, and it’s one of those that is much, much easier to prevent than to repair! Why do dogs jump up? Dogs naturally greet those they love face to face, then nose to rear. Your face is up high.  When the dog is a tiny puppy, we love this – […]

Sound Sensitivity and Phobia

A dog’s sense of hearing is different than a human’s (OK, I know you know that…).  But the question is, how is it different? Basically, sounds for all of us vary according to their decibel level (or loudness of volume), and pitch (how high or low on the octave a noise sounds).  Dogs actually only […]

Training Tidbit for April: The wagging tail?

  If a dog is is wagging his tail, it means he’s happy, right?  It’s conventional wisdom. If a dog wags his tail at you, he wants to be petted. If another dog is wagging his tail at your dog, he’s friendly. Right? Brace yourself: I’m going to burst that bubble. (Sorry – it’s for […]

A Public Service Announcement: DINOS

I have a DINOS.  I work with DINOS constantly.  My heart aches for them and their owners.  Its up to those of us with DINOS, and those of us who sympathize with them, to take a stand and pass the message along.  It’s the least we can do.  DINOS. Click here.

Cognitive Disorders in Animals

It happens to all of us: as we age, our brains move a little slower, we take a little longer to solve problems, and it takes a little more effort to absorb new information.  It’s not that intelligence or problem solving capacity has decreased at all, it’s just that things are a little slower.  It’s […]

Teach your pet to play Hide and Seek

How to teach your pet to play Hide and Seek Intelligent animals love games.  They also enjoy solving puzzles. Anyone who’s ever watched their dog work out how to open the cookie cupboard or their cockatoo how to open their cage door can attest to this.  I don’t think I’ve ever met a dog who […]

Home Alone – how to reduce your dog’s boredom

Home Alone Boredom is possibly the number one cause of behavior problems in the house.  Dogs are notorious for getting into all sorts of mischief as soon as their human family has left for the day.  And can you blame them?  Would you enjoy hanging around the house all day, every day, with nothing to […]

Training Tidbit for July: Contrafreeloading

I didn’t just make that word up, I swear!  It’s a real term: Researchers have coined the term contrafreeloading to describe the phenomenon that animals choose to perform a learned response to obtain reinforcers even when the same reinforcers are freely available. For example, given a choice between working for food and obtaining food for […]

Reinforcement vs. Bribery

Training Tidbit for May 2011: The difference between reinforcement and bribery This comes up in training sessions ALL the time, usually brought up by someone who has been told by a well-meaning friend or professional that they are one and the same, and are now afraid that by using positive reinforcement to train they are […]

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