Potty Training The Puppy

Potty Training The Puppy

You guys are going to thing I am being a lazy bum this month but, the truth of the matter is that in most cases potty training the puppy is not that difficult. So, I posted it because of some of the disturbing questions I recently received. You NEVER POTTY TRAIN A PUPPY USING PUNISHMENT. You create a schedule …. you know your schedule and when you can fit the dog in I do not. And it is up to…

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Exploring Theory of Self Confidence & Self Reliance in Dog Training

Exploring Theory of Self Confidence & Self Reliance in Dog Training

At first blush my thinking was to work on improving ones ability to “self sooth” when faced with a stressful situation. I quickly realized that these technique fail constantly because they focus on 2. distraction from the event or 3. Attempts to change physiological responses to stress. The latter is a far better tool then the former. We will get to that later. However it is still reactive and to learn self confidence that leads to self reliance you can…

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Motley’s Thoughts on Dog Socialization

Motley’s Thoughts on Dog Socialization

Dogs have been breed to interact with us. They are originally a pack animal. While a pack is a social structure it is not the same as “being social” as understood by most. We can use Wolves as a great example of what I am talking about here, and we all love to compare dogs and Wolves.  A typical Wolf lives in a group and with-in the group there is a high level of social activity and interaction just like…

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Uses for “Old School” Dog Training Based on Repetition and Conditioning Techniques

Uses for “Old School” Dog Training Based on Repetition and Conditioning Techniques

    When is it a good time to use conditioning in dog training? Any time you have a single behavior that you want to occur in a specific operational space this is a good place to start.  A couple of examples would be the “Place Command” and Crate Training. Hey Crate Training is almost a repetition of Skinner’s work anyway.. you have to learn to laugh at yourself. So, dog training based on conditioning is a useful tool and…

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Dogs and Emotion Correction?

Dogs and Emotion Correction?

Just to let you guys know that I am fine with my theories being wrong, I was thinking about all this work we have done on dog emotion. Well, I made the statement that if dogs did not have the same emotions as we do there would be emotional states we experience that they do not. As I was going through the list of known emotional states I stumbled onto embarrassment. Those of you who know me realize that I…

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Tier One Dog Training

Tier One Dog Training

There is a saying that I try to apply to everything. : “the best are the best because they do the basics the best.” There are only three things you have to master to successfully train yourself and your dog. Attachment and boding Communication Motivation through an understanding of the abilities of your team.   To review we have learned that the most important things you can work on with your dog is a secure attachment… this means the dog…

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A Theory of the Evolution of Emotion in Dogs and Other Animals

A Theory of the Evolution of Emotion in Dogs and Other Animals

Training and emotion. We can make a little model Organisms that just react… they have nervous tissue, but, no higher function not even the reptilian brain These organisms are truly “reactive” the common example given is when you touch a very hot stove you quickly pull your hand away without any thought at all. So, biologically there is a neurological response of excitement or depression. This is about potential not emotion. so, depression is a degree of losing potential, excitement…

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Good O’ Instinct and Your Dog

Good O’ Instinct and Your Dog

What is an instinct? is it an intelligence? Does it account for dog emotion Does it account for a dogs abilities How does instinct factor into aggression and anxiety as well as other behavioral concerns. 1 : a natural or inherent aptitude, impulse, or capacity So, one way to look at instinct is that it is an intelligence or talent that you are born with. As we know talents can be improved and brought into consciousness or working memory. They…

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