Dog Training Communication – Diverters and Disrupters

An important key to successful training is to identify what the dog is attempting to accomplish by its behavioral efforts. A dog working hard to get food may not find the opportunity to play ball to be an adequate substitute-ball play is irrelevant to the control-prediction expectancies at work. Similarly, giving the dog a biscuit …

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Humane Dog Training Position Statement

Humane Dog Training Position Statement This statement reviews the current literature on the effects of training style on animal welfare, training effectiveness, and the dog-human relationship.  The statement includes an FAQ with questions from addressing behavior concerns to finding help and resources for more information. Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training …

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Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training

  Why “Red Zone Dogs” Need Positive Reinforcement Training   Posted on October 21, 2019 by Eileen Anderson Aggressive, dangerous dogs (a.k.a. “Red Zone Dogs”) should be trained with positive reinforcement, desensitization, and counterconditioning. Here’s why. Training with pain, startle, and intimidation carries huge risks. Decades of science tell us that aggression begets aggression. It’s that simple. Two of the …

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Pulling on Lead. What this might say about dog human relationships

Who is walking whom? Suzanne Clothier wrote, the question is the “stuff of cartoons”. I read Suzanne’s book around 2002, the time of publishing. It contains many flags and subtle highlighting. I pulled it off the book shelf this morning. I opened to page 62, it was flagged. It begins with phrase “pulling on lead”. …

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