Our very own Dog Blog for training and the State of the Trade in The Age of Wingnuts and Zealots.
A collection of articles written by Linda Kaim on the State of Dog.
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The Dog Trainer’s secret is the power to say NO. Everybody wants that Majik Elixer that will fix their problems. I do too.
Within the category of “Your Dog Is A Reflection Of You”, is the subtext of “Your Dog Is Conflicted Because He Cannot Serve Two Masters.”
People think of dog aggression in terms of a disease, and not of a symptom. They regard the problem as one of the dog, and not of influences *to* the dog.
Want to learn how train a reliable recall to your dog? There’s no big secret. It just takes a little practice and a lot of patience.
How do you battle internet experts? I am late to the internet expert game. I didn’t get a computer until 1994, and it was tough to learn
What you allow will continue. Excusing behavior is reinforcing behavior.
Not only that, it will pervade every other aspect of your life.
If you are planning on getting a new dog, did you know that you can leverage the health and longevity of your dog by actively seeking breeds that have good health indices and longevity as part of their genetic make up?
A long dissertation on the state of the dog trainer’s trade. Early morning ramblings brought to you by pre-coffee.
We talk in terms of reinforcement and punishment all the time. These are the basic rudiments of the Skinner 4 quadrants of learning theory.
The point being, there is no ‘getting to the fun stuff’ if you cannot master the basics. Especially if you are the owner of a dangerous dog.