Trainers Secrets

February 16th, 2010

1. Problem Behavior Tips Jumping:  First know that jumping is a self-rewarding behavior for the dog.  It really enjoys jumping, the attention gained and if you ever notice during play with other dogs they will jump even to the point of knocking one another over. With puppies it often seems great when they are small […]

How Dogs Learn

February 15th, 2010

A dog has a period of about one and a half seconds in which to associate a cause with an effect. This means that the old adage, “you’ve got to catch them in the act,” is absolutely true. To correct a dog for breaking a sit “stay” five seconds after the fact is meaningless to a dog.

3 Phases of Training

February 15th, 2010

Learning occurs when your dog establishes a relationship between a behavior and the consequences. For example, when a dog barks at an intruder (such as the postman) the barking has been reinforced because the stimulus (the postman) was removed.

Clicker Training

February 15th, 2010

When used during the initial phases of training, learning comes quickly. Here’s why: Think of the click as telling your dog he is doing something right at a split second in time. The clicker is valuable because it improves the timing of our communication with our dogs. To communicate to the dog that you want a particular behavior to increase, you must communicate it the instant the desired behavior occurs.

Some Words of Advice

February 14th, 2010

Say your command once. For example, if you repeat the command over and over, your dog will think that he is supposed to sit only when he hears, “sit, sit, sit”.