More on the dreaded “No Reward Marker”

Here's the video that sparked this post!  Dogs at play and my commentary! Darwin, Cooper and Boudicca Sept 2013  This is great! If you don't watch anything but the last 1 minute or less, the opportunity is presented and it's set up during the video with my added commentary and my well-timed use of a …

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Why is positive reinforcement a better choice training dogs?

Attention is considered the most basic form of behavior and “both classical and instrumental elements closely cooperate” mediating effective “perception and action” (Lindsay, 2000). In a broader view, “attentional activities specify a dog’s intentions, reveal a dog’s motivational state” and sometimes define what he is prepared to learn, thus “attentional activities” are said to “reflect a dog’s overall disposition to learn” (Lindsay, 2000). How we stimulate and control dog’s attentional behavior can have profound effect on training and behavior modification. Lindsay (2000) says “dogs pay attention to occurrences that are significant to them and learn to ignore occurrences that are irrelevant” and stimuli associated with pleasurable events or those associated with fearful events gain the most attention than other irrelevant stimuli.

Training technique controversies, Specialist Dr. Gary Landsberg, DVM in the Spotlight

Specialist in the Spotlight: Training technique controversies Jul 21, 2010 By: Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECVB-CAVETERINARY MEDICINE Featured specialist: Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECVB-CA, North Toronto Animal Clinic, Thornhill, Ontario, CanadaHost: Philip (Pete) VanVranken, DVM, Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic, Battle Creek, Mich.Dr. Landsberg helps you identify trainers that use positive practices, not punishment, to teach desirable behaviors in pets. [vodpod id=Video.4223998&w=425&h=350&fv=affiliateSiteId%3D30809%26widgetId%3D113297%26width%3D420%26height%3D338%26autoPlay%3D0%26playOnLoad%3D0%26mediaType_mediaID%3Dvideo_1178802%26revision%3D2%26allowFullScreen%3Dtrue%26] Training technique controversies, Specialist Dr..., posted with vodpod

Say NO! To punitive training, dog whispering and outdated behaviour therapy

Punitive dog training, coercive whispering, and outdated behaviour therapy: What might it be doing to YOUR DOG! There are still huge numbers of ‘stamp and jerk’ dog trainers and ‘whisperers’ at large with their choke chains, spiked collars, shock collars, rape alarms, correction sticks and bullying attitudes who haven’t chosen to move on into the humane, modern age of dog training. ASK WHY? of those trainers who still want to be cruel to your dog by training with punishment, correcting jerks and coercion when kind training methods are so much better, and are so very widely known and applied all over the world these days?