Modern dog training is based on 'Learning Theory'. But the word ‘theory’ causes a lot of confusion in dog training circles. I often come across this sentence from those skeptical about modern … [Read more...] about Fact versus theory in dog training
From time to time in my articles, I mention treat streaming. In this article I want to explain exactly what I mean by that. What is treat streaming? Treat streaming is a term I use to describe the … [Read more...] about Treat streaming: key dog training techniques
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
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 a little word that has crept into dog training in the last few years. It’s the word ‘cue’ A cue is a signal that is intended to trigger or initiate a response. When I was a teenager, … [Read more...] about How three letters can help you train your dog
Today’s article is part of our ‘language of behaviour’ series. This is where we look at some of the terminology involved in dog training, work out what is useful, and try to make sense of it … [Read more...] about Dog Training Language: What is latency?
If there is anything likely to cause disagreement between two basically positive trainers, its the use of ‘no-reward’ markers. In theory, a ‘no reward’ marker gives the dog feedback to let him know … [Read more...] about The use of ‘no reward’ markers in dog training
Target training is one of the many useful skills that we can teach our dogs. Targeting teaches a dog to touch an object with a part of his body. The most common body parts we teach dogs to use … [Read more...] about Dog Training Skills: What is Target Training
Once you get involved in dog training, you are bound to hear the word ‘extinction’ bandied about. In this article we take a look at the process of extinction. At what it is, and how it can help … [Read more...] about Dog training language: what is extinction?
Capturing is a simple and useful technique. Let’s say you are observing your dog. He is wandering around the kitchen looking for spilled food and other interesting smells. After a while, he … [Read more...] about Dog training: What is capturing?