Epic Learning Hoop – Tricks to the Trick

Epic Learning Hoop – Tricks to the Trick


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Trick to the Trick: Prompt Switch The prompt switch is a technique used for changing a cue from one signal to another. To employ a prompt switch, the handler simply puts the new or weak cue in front of the strong or established cue. To change the verbal cue for the sit behavior from “Sit” […]

Slacker Training with Epic – Duration at a Distance


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Here’s Epic working on a Pedestal while Ron whips up some Turkey Dogs à la Pawsitive Vybe. This is what I like to call Slacker Training. Freeshaping and capturing the environment without all of the formal training. This is a typical slacker training session. Epic has had four or five formal Pedestal for duration sessions […]

Pedestal Circuit for Confidence, Rear End Awareness, and Ballwork


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This is what we call a pedestal circuit here at Pawsitive Vybe. In the video, Ernie & Rusty are working on generalizing the Stall behavior to grease the skids for getting Rusty on an exercise ball for Ballwork. Favorite

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 2

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 2


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this is the second installment in this series. Check out part 1. continued from part 1 – yes, this is the same video but you should watch it again… Roller A Roller is a vital skill for disc dog training, and is simply a disc that rolls on end like a wagon wheel. The Roller […]

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 1 of 2

Fixing a Dog Who Can’t Catch – Part 1 of 2


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sometimes dogs learn the funniest things. like Viper here… he thinks the object of the game is to pick up the disc off the ground. unlearning that and teaching a catch can be a tough job. here’s a session from a recent disc dog camp on solving this problem. Jaimie & Viper came to disc […]

Pulling the Strings Into a Common Thread

Pulling the Strings Into a Common Thread


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So far in this series I’ve used a metaphor to explain the complex and interrelated nature of behaviors and behavior chains – behavioral problems are knots made out of little strings of behavior. This metaphor fits the confusion and frustration that we experience when trying to solve problems with our dogs. It also brings into […]

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 2

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 2


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The last two installments of this series outlined the behavioral strings and knots metaphor and examined 5 ‘strings’ of behavior and their relationship to behavioral knots and to each other. I am going to continue to stretch this metaphor and cover some less tangible behavioral strings that are precursors and requirements for engagement, interaction, and […]

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 1

10 Strings to Pull to Manage Drive and Untie Behavioral Knots – Pt 1


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Yesterday’s piece was about how solving behavioral problems is kind of like untangling knots. Today I’m going to talk about the strings that make up the behaviors and how they can be used as well as what happens to other strings when you tug on them with bitework. Favorite

Pulling Strings and Untying Behavioral Knots with Bitework

Pulling Strings and Untying Behavioral Knots with Bitework


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solving problems with bitework is like untying a knot. work on one strand or maybe a couple at a time and tug, loosen, and manipulate those strands to free up space, or to align the strands so you can untie the knot. Pulling Strings You pull strings in bitework through reinforcement. Let’s say you have […]

Contextual Understanding is Like Conversational Spanish

Contextual Understanding is Like Conversational Spanish


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Learning a foreign language from a conversational angle is all the rage these days. Instead of focusing on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, the very concepts that fluency in language is built upon, the teaching is focused on creating competence: pronunciation, common situations, verbal repetition, and vocabulary supplements. contextual understanding in dog training is like conversational […]

Go Do Dog Stuff: Seven Simple Ideas for Effective Dismissal

Go Do Dog Stuff: Seven Simple Ideas for Effective Dismissal


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What Is Dismissal? Dismissal is the opposite of Attention. Practically speaking, it means that the handler is not available at this time. It does not mean “we’re done working”. It does not mean “you may stop doing that”. It means I (the handler) am not available now and you may amuse yourself for a while. […]

Pawsitive Vybe S2E2 – Right on Target!

Pawsitive Vybe S2E2 – Right on Target!


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Hey! you see the Paintbrush menu up there on the top left? Go Mouse over it and tell me what it says… Hey! = Attention You see that there? = Targeting Go mouse over = Work Attention and Targeting are required skills for any cooperative work. Attention, unsolicited eye contact, hooks us up and Targeting enables […]

Metaphor and Understanding in Dog Training

Metaphor and Understanding in Dog Training

In our business, teaching people to do cool things with their dogs, we rely on metaphor all the time to communicate complex ideas. A metaphor can be tailored to a specific client or a team and can be used to help them succeed with their dog. Sometimes that means just simplifying the situation and placing the focus on the things we need to succeed, and sometimes we try to completely reframe the handler’s understanding

Success Vs Performance Requirements

Success Vs Performance Requirements

Disc dogger’s have a problem. We all want to play this game so darned much that it’s hard to remain consequent and focused on the component skills that build our game. Once our dogs start to approach the realm of performance potential, it’s hard to keep our focus on being successful because of the handler’s expectation of performance. This is classic putting the cart before the horse behavior and can be very detrimental to a team’s long term potential.

DOC Environmental Management Protocol

DOC Environmental Management Protocol


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The Pawsitive Vybe STARR Protocol

The Pawsitive Vybe STARR Protocol


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STARR Protocol for Reactive Dogs Working with reactive or fearful dogs is a specialty of Pawsitive Vybe. The key to dealing with these troubled dogs is allowing the dog to make decisions – simple decisions – that will help to center and ground them and to enable them to deal with environmental distractions on their […]