No. Don’t do that.

If you were standing in the kitchen with your two-year-old and you noticed that they were about to climb on top of your kitchen table, what would you do? You would probably say something along the lines of “uh uh” and remove them as they climbed up the...

Calling a dog back to work after distraction

Imagine the following scenario: You have gone through all of the stages of engagement and are now working your dog at stage 4; your dog has opted in. You believe that your dog is well acclimated and clearly has asked to start work. You send your dog to fetch the...

Reinforcement Choices in Heeling

Today I wanted to see what I had with Brito’s heeling.  Here’s an unedited video: After you teach the pieces of lovely heeling, You have to string them together. At that point, I use my choice of reinforcement (food or toys) and the positioning of those...

Podcast

Do you like podcasts? I was interviewed by my friend Ryan Cartlidge recently for his Animal Training Academy Podcast.  If’ you’re interested, take a listen!  We covered a lot of territory, so it’s hard to say what all we covered, but we did talk...

What happens if?

I recently wrote a blog about the importance of asking “Why”. If you don’t know why something might work, don’t try it! Now I want to refine that discussion. While I need to know why something might work before I try it, I do not need to know...