The Importance of Determination and Resilience While Dealing with Reactivity

Having a reactive dog can be a burden and can make daily walks and outings stressful for both you and your dog. Odin is reactive and it makes it hard to take him places and makes walking an event. Reactivity occurs for a variety of reasons. It can be a conditioned response to feeling frustrated… Continue reading The Importance of Determination and Resilience While Dealing with Reactivity

Revitalizing Your Determination: Building on What Your Dog Loves

It takes a lot of time, dedication, and planning to create workability. Life gets busy so sometimes training gets put on the back-burner. Determination is an important factor to ensure that you are facilitating and continuing a good relationship with your dog. Sometimes you need to change your training plan to refresh and revitalize your… Continue reading Revitalizing Your Determination: Building on What Your Dog Loves

Changing Motivators: How Do you Motivate An Unmotivated Dog?

Last night, during Rally Obedience class, Odin was a little off his game. He was tired from a day of play, full from gorging himself with stolen snacks (freeze dried liver. Yum!), and it was around 85 degrees during class. He was sluggish, unmotivated, and not driven to partake in the classes activities. I knew… Continue reading Changing Motivators: How Do you Motivate An Unmotivated Dog?

Letting Your Dog Choose Their Own Motivation: The Premack Principle

The Premack Principle is an important tool to have in your dog training arsenal. It states that a high probability behavior will reinforce a low probability behavior. In terms of dog training, this means that what the dog wants to do (such as sniffing a bush or chasing a squirrel) can be used to reinforce… Continue reading Letting Your Dog Choose Their Own Motivation: The Premack Principle