Push Button Dog Training

It’s always surprising to discover where it’s possible to find enlightening analogies that can be applied to dog training.  Unfortunately, the snow and ice on the ground has forced us inside to run on the treadmill at our gym.  An hour’s worth of jogging provides a goodly amount of time for “people watching”.  Because we…

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What’s Your Dog Training “Philosophy”?

How do you describe your “training philosophy”?  Do you think it’s important to have a brief description of your perspective on how best to modify or train specific behaviors?  Why or why not? When Suzanne first started training dogs professionally (and she’s both proud and reluctant to admit how long ago this was) in the late 1970’s,…

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Crates and Confinement

As an early Christmas present to our loyal readers, we are giving you access to part of one of our Exclusive Behavior Education Network Pro Member Only Classes.  This was one of the first sessions we did for BEN members.  We want to give you a glimpse into the what BEN Members have access to every…

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Suzanne’s Introduction to K9 Nose Work

Although I’d heard about K9 Nose Work® for the past few years, I had never seen a trial or attended any workshops or training classes.  So I decided to attend Jill Marie O’Brien’s and Amy Herot’s half-day workshop at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference in San Diego last October. Jill and Amy gave…

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More on Reinforcement and Punishment

In our Fundamentals of Animal Learning Course, we are tackling some thorny issues. in another post we talked about the terminology problems surrounding terms like punishment, correction, and discipline.  In response to that discussion, our colleague Dr. Frank McMillan, the Director of Well-Being Studies at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah submitted a  thought provoking…

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