Author: pplSeattle

Selecting A Dog Trainer

Dogs are everywhere. In the United States there are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs with almost 40% of households owning at least one dog. In Seattle, there is approximately one dog for every five residents and dogs outrank children in town by approximately five thousand. As dog-ownership becomes more popular and prevalent in our complex hustling and bustling society, dog owners are faced with important questions: How do I find good dog training? How do I make sure my dog is a good citizen and canine ambassador? How do I make sure my dog doesn’t develop aggression? There are...

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Clicker Training with Dogs (Part 2)

Part 2: Training with a marker So now that your clicker or marker-word has been charged up and given meaning it’s time to start training with it.  There are two techniques to marker training: free-shaping and luring.  For part 2 we are going to talk about luring due to its simplicity. To begin, start with a simple behavior like “sit”.  Even if your dog has already learned it you can strengthen the behavior further following these steps.  When we are teaching any behavior do not being using the verbal cue.  It’s not impossible to start with however the word...

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Clicker Training with Dogs (Part 1)

Clickers are phenomenal tools in animal training because the sound they make is consistent and salient in the environment.  When I say salient, I mean that almost nothing else in daily life makes such a distinct sound, thus the sound can carry tremendous meaning.  However, to do this you have to make that particular sound mean something.  I am going to break down clicker training into 3 parts. Part 1: Charging the clicker! To make the clicker effective we have to first understand the purpose of the clicker.  The clicker is not some magical device that is used to...

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The Dogma of Dominance

by The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. An ethological approach to behavior and dominance in dogs Perhaps the most commonly used adjective from dog owners when describing canine behavior is the word ‘dominant.’  Traditional understandings teach that the most primary motivator for a dog is to establish a social hierarchy where there is a clearly defined pack leader.  This gives rise to the over-popularized idea that canine behavioral issues are a result of our dogs not having a strong leader and so they are acting out to fulfill that role.  In light of the fact that there have been thousands of...

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