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
If you have a dog, chances are you have had a conversation or two with them, or if you’re like me you have multiple conversations a day. It is not unusual for anyone to over hear me talking to or serenading Odin (usually Disney songs). Most pet owners instinctively communicate with their animals in a… Continue reading Keep Talking to Your Dogs, Research Shows They Like It
I have loved doing Rally Obedience (called Rally-O) with Odin. I was a little worried about starting with him when we first signed up as he was only eight months old. I didn’t know if he had the focus, drive, or knowledge to be successful in the classes. Rally has been an amazing experience between… Continue reading Rally Obedience and Communication
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
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?
During my last Summer School Class with Odin, we played a fun game called “101 Things to do with a Box.” However, since Odin associated boxes with nose work, we needed a different object for him to play with that he had no previous association with. So, the name of the game changed to “101… Continue reading 101 Things To Do With A(n) [Insert Object Name Here]
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