I taught Wil to make eye contact using noncoercive clicker training
Clicker Training is a great way to teach your dog new skills and behaviors using totally non-coercive strategies.
In my book The 3 Essential Commands, I explain how I used clicker training to re-shape the gnarly attitude Wil had when I got him at age 3. Today he is a dog who enjoys learning and takes pride in his partnership with me.
You can use clickers to train your dog too. The benefits are many:
You will improve your focus on what your dog is doing that you want him to do.
If you make mistakes (your timing or failure to see the “tries” your dog makes, for example) there is no harm done. You won’t have issued a reprimand or correction; you will have failed to treat your dog for guessing what you wanted him to do.
Clicker training builds an enthusiast attitude toward learning.
A trained dog is more confident. And he’s a lot more pleasant to have around!
Clicker Training Primer
Here is a succinct video demonstrating how to use a clicker to teach your dog a simple concept: “Watch me.” Continue reading →
Not too long ago, I posted a blog entitled, Dogs in Hotels- Tips for Being a Welcomed Guest. That post covered tips on keeping your dog safe and how to be a guest that a dog friendly lodging establishment would look forward to seeing again!
In this post I’d like to provide you with a few resources you can use to find dog-friendly lodging and offer some tips on traveling with your pet. Continue reading →
If you are looking for a personalized gift, why not hire a professional photographer who can shoot high-quality images that will last a lifetime. I did this with Wil and Alice when we sat for our commissioned photographs with Gary Babcock of Gary’s Action Photography. May these images inspire you!
Sometimes someone’s photograph of you tells you something you didn’t know before. From this photo I “got” how deep my relationship is with Alice.
T’is the season for DIY gifts –and a popular one among dog owners is homemade dog cookies. Whether you’re making them yourself or you’re the recipient of a batch of homemade goodies, you must be careful to screen the ingredients for toxins.
Skippy Natural Peanut Butter is one of the “back to basics” styles of peanut butter and contains only Roasted peanuts, Sugar, Palm oil, and Salt
Perils of Peanut Butter
One would think that peanut butter is nothing more than pureed peanuts, and in a small percentage of peanut butter products, that is the case. More often, however, peanut butter has been adulterated with a myriad of substances, some of which cause disease, or, in the case of dogs, immediate death.
A while ago I watched Dogs Decoded, a documentary produced by Nova, which explored our relationship with dogs. It drew attention to something I knew about my relationships with my dogs, but was not consciously aware of.
[Above] This is a really quick overview of Dogs Decoded. The full length version is toward the end of this post.
I have deliberately developed the sophistication of understanding for every dog I’ve ever owned. I teach them words. And I use that vocabulary to build concepts. Continue reading →