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Here is a video of one of the dogs in a current class of mine. Tess is a fairly typical 13 month old GSD who has learned that pulling on the leash and bouncing around gets her what she wants.
This is her third class with me, and you can see that her owner (the lady in the background, that's me handling Tess for this video) has done a great job at taking what she has learned in class and applying it CONSISTENTLY every single time Tess has a leash on.
Twenty-seven years ago I was twice my daughter's age. For those of you who want to do the math, my daughter is currently two and a half years old - just old enough to start enjoying Sesame Street.
Sometimes I eat my breakfast watching TV with my daughter. Not a whole lot has changed on Sesame Street in the last twenty-seven or so years, even a lot of the original cast is still there. Big Bird hasn't aged a day, even if his puppeteer, Carol Spinner, has.
Do dogs know when they've done something naughty?
Dogs who have been punished before for something often give the impression that they 'know' they have done something wrong. So what does this really mean, when have they really learned not to do something, and how will it help you with training?
Dogs who are punished will often display what behaviorists call 'avoidance behavior' or 'appeasement behavior'. They very quickly learn how their owner behaves prior to dishing out a punishment, and will display this avoidance or appeasement behavior before the punishment even commences.
If you have any doubts about how effective short training sessions are, check this out:
Hello, I've been wondering a thing or two about loose leash walking. How does one walk a dog before it can walk loosely on a leash?
I have a 2.5 yr old dog who is not exactly trained to walk properly, but has some experience with the idea.
I have switched methods of walking the dog and am finding that she is now even more irritating than ever. Completely unmanageable.
If others experience something like this, how do they deal with it?
"Question: How does a person overcome shyness?
Answer: There is new research that shows some people are born with a propensity to be shy. Carl Schwartz of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues conducted brain scans on 22 adults as they looked at pictures of familiar and unfamiliar faces.
I hear a lot about "dog whisperers" or "dog listeners", people who reportedly use the dog's natural "instincts" to bring about a state of harmony or balance which somehow solves behavior problems.
That's an interesting idea. I trained as a Bowen Therapist, and that's exactly what we said we did when trying to fix people's bung knees, creaky backs and frozen shoulders. Who am I to argue? Sometimes it worked. Often enough to have some very happy clients.
So I like this idea of 'balance' and I do believe in it. But I also like to understand things. I suspect most of us go through life never really understanding anything. We are reinforced so often for our "beliefs","intuition" and "personal theories" that we really don't need a true understanding of any topic.
Sometimes people have dog training or behavior problems which seem completely impossible to solve. Sometimes we just put up with unwanted behaviors such as aggression, fear of fireworks, barking or whining, or think we can't train a special trick or useful behavior just because it seems too difficult.
Today I've got a special treat for you, step-by-step instructions for tackling "Mission Impossible". There's a saying "if you can believe it, you can achieve it" - and I'm going to make a believer out of you!
By the time resource guarding becomes a problem it is learned behavior. It starts off as an insecurity, the pup is insecure about losing the resource, so maybe he growls. The pup or person who looked like he was about to steal his food backs off.
This is "negative reinforcement", the aversive (dog about to steal his food) goes away when he growls.