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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...

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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. ...

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P+/R- vs P-/R+, the line in the sand ideology

This blog posting is for our colleagues: There’s a big issue when positive trainers claim they will never use P+ or R- in training an animal, because you can have every intention in the world to attempt R+ or P- but the dog decides what stimulus is the most salient...

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Brilliant Dogs–but not because of Brain Power

Today I was outside playing with Wotan who was going bonkers for the tennis ball because he has been helping look after several other dogs this last week and has not had much one-on-one fetch time with me.  As if he wasn't cute enough, the big lovable oaf decides that...

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Don’t Chew on my Jimmy Choos!: Dog Drives

When it comes to the lives of our dogs, perhaps the most crucial concept to understand is their need for activity.  While working with a client on a problematic behavior, I first have to ask, “What do you want your dog to do instead?”  Quite often the reply is, “I...

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The Pawsitive Packleader goes Green!

Being a friend to our dogs is just as important as taking care of the Earth we all share.  Because of this, The Pawsitive Packleader has decided to commute to clients within a 10-mile radius via the Pack Finder--our Fuji Road Bike supplied by Performance Bicycles in...

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Herbie

Recently I have started working with the newest packmember to The Pawsitive Packleader Family.  His name is Herbie and he's a 1,200lb Belgian Warmblood--that means horse.  Don't be fooled however, this horse isn't just a horse of course, in fact he reminds me of my...

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Rain + dirt + dog = one heck of a mess

What is one of Seattle's most consistent "behaviors"?  Rain, which mixed with dirt and dogs is not always a wonderful combination (at least for the humans).  My dog loves the rain.  It's like watching a furry pig in mud.  Digging and rolling, if he had more brain...

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Rocco the Yorkie and an Adorable Case of the Zoomies

Adorable video of my friend's yorkie with the playtime zoomies... http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=509948618331 His name is Rocco, check out all the behaviors he throws!  It's incredible. Play bow, pawing, bouncy, vocalizations, and general uncontrollable...

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Morning on the Beach

We started out the day with some quick training on-leash to remind Wotan of the do's and don'ts out on a walk.  Having been away from such a high stimulus environment of dogs and kids for several months it takes a lot more impulse control than around our neighborhood...

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Just arriving

Brittany, Wotan, and I just drove down to our favorite place on earth for 2 days: Cannon Beach.  It's pure doggie heaven here for human and canine alike.  Truly a magnificent place to take your dog to and has incredibly wonderful training opportunities.  One of my...

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Video shoot

We spent two hours tdoay shooting new video footage for a Pawsitive Packleader promotional video.  The dynamics of doing photoshoots with dogs is quite interesting.  While having an excellently trained dog helps, it's far from everything.  It itakes a lot of...

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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...

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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...

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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"....

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