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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 […]

A Faster Toss and Fetch Retrieve with 2 Discs and Bitework

A Faster Toss and Fetch Retrieve with 2 Discs and Bitework


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A few Days ago I wrote about Improving a Toss and Fetch Retrieve and said that I’d share two techniques that we use here at Pawsitive Vybe to increase our Retrieve speed in our dogs. Here’s is the first technique, Bitework. These techniques will be covered in complete detail in pictures and video in our […]

Teaching a Hoop With Bitework

Teaching a Hoop With Bitework

This is a typical Bitework Application session. There is a plan, in this case, we’re going to develop a Hoop, skill where the dog leaps through a hoop made from the handler’s arms. Working this skill with Bitework yields a loose a sloppy understanding and performance of the skill. It works, it’s fast, but if we want to teach this skill well, cookies would be a better method. Teaching this skill with Bitework will yield a ‘quick and dirty’ trick.

Anatomy of a Behavior

Anatomy of a Behavior

Most of the behaviors that we create with our dogs are really chains of small concepts and chains are only as strong as their weakest link. Dog trainers and dog sport handlers need to be able to break down complex behaviors, isolate the weak concepts and mark and reinforce them to make them stronger.