People often get confused about the concept of 'fading rewards' used in dog training, so it is worth looking at this in some detail. When we begin teaching a new skill, we reward the dog each and … [Read more...] about Fading rewards in dog training
Did your dog get lazy about his ‘sits’? Did your dog's recall die? It is very easy to let your dog’s skills become ‘extinct’ But extinction in dog training has nothing to do with dinosaurs, and … [Read more...] about Extinction! Don’t let your dog training die!
I have been thinking about a belief I have heard expressed a number of times recently. The idea that clicker training is too mechanical or unemotional. And that this somehow makes it an inferior, … [Read more...] about Is clicker training too mechanical?
Traditional dog training techniques were quite different to the modern methods that most of us are now using. Modelling was a popular way of establishing new behaviours. It involves physically … [Read more...] about What is Modelling in Dog Training?
There is nothing intrinsically different about training a puppy, when compared with training an adult dog. A puppy may have a shorter attention span, but modern training is all about fun, not … [Read more...] about 7 books to help you train your puppy
A dog that races towards you when you whistle or call is a great joy. A dog that ignores you and does as he pleases, is no fun to take out and is a danger to himself. Recall is one of the two … [Read more...] about Why won’t my dog come when I call?
People often disagree as to whether or not we should use the word NO in dog training. We communicate with our dogs through signals. Some of these are visual signals, a raised hand, a swing of … [Read more...] about Dog training: using the word NO
A dog that ‘begs’ for food may pester or poke his humans whilst they are eating. But many dogs are ‘silent beggars’. The just sit there, gazing at your plate, then back at you, then back at your … [Read more...] about How to stop your dog begging at the table
Welcome to 4 paws in a box! Like most tricks, this game not only entertains your dog. It also serves a useful purpose. The purpose of this trick is twofold It is aimed at teaching the … [Read more...] about Dog games: Four paws in a box
You can buy commercially produced training treats in packets. But they are often too big, quite expensive, and full of things you’d probably rather not have your dog eating. Training treats need … [Read more...] about Home made training treats for happy dogs