Author: pplSeattle

Misconceptions

It’s unfortunate the things we don’t see around us every day.  Sometimes they are right in front of us.  Cesar Millan has become a herald of the dog world through his series on National Geographic “The Dog Whisperer” and sadly, the things that look good and sound good are actually something else entirely.  Here’s a youtube clip of Cesar Millan kicking dogs on his show.  If you can make it through the clip, be sure to watch @1:57 how the dog is scolded for yelping at Cesar’s kick in his stomach.  Also try to ignore the commentary, it’s mostly...

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Positive dog training: the biology of motivation

Almost everyone has heard of “positive dog training”, it’s that thing with the clicker.  But let me tell you why your dog will work harder and be happier with positive training methods than other traditional methods and styles. The brain is incredibly complex and involves millions of neurons transporting billions of molecules to and from numerous different regions that have immensely varying tasks.  In the interest of time and simplicity, I will explain the two main regions of the doggie brain responsible for motivation: the nucleus accumbens  (which is found in the midbrain) and the prefrontal cortex (the very...

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Clicker training with dogs (Part 3)

By now you have learned how to charge your marker and use it as a tool to install a visual and verbal cue. Now I am going to talk about one of the more advanced forms of marker training and that’s free-shaping. First we have to understand the concept of “capturing”. Let’s talk about the behavior “down”. All dogs lie down at some point so if you wanted to train down without a lure, you can simply capture it. To do this you grab your marker, a treat pouch, and you wait. Patience is required to capture low-frequency behavior,...

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