One simple concept, properly applied could be used to make your dog stop and look at you when a door was opened or an open door was encountered,without prompting. It’s dead simple and serves as the basis of jump up on an object, get off the couch, get in the car, and get out of the kitchen. Pretty cool, right?
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.
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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 […]
Flag and Flash Cuing is a cuing system developed by Pawsitive Vybe for teaching dogs to leap over and off of their handlers. The quick and dirty Over and Vault applications are great. Pro discdoggers should have this tool in their toolbox for sure.
One of the things we like to do at Pawsitive Vybe is to use a finger point to mark behaviors. The above video is a demonstration of the finger point mark. It’s real nice for keeping a dog’s focus on the handler and for silently marking behaviors. This is quite useful with multiple dogs because a […]
Freeshaping Multiple Dogs Sample Session.
In this Video, Apryl Lea and Pan work on a Pedestal, or raised spot. The intent of the session is to Manufacture the Approach and Generalize the Handler position.
Foundational Positioning is a huge part of the game of disc. A killer limitation in the game of disc is the not being able to get your dog into the proper position required for a particular trick.
Yesterday, I did a piece on Reframing the Dog’s Understanding of the Door. A couple of the comments pointed out some gaps in the one ‘how to’ paragraph. That paragraph was not meant as a lesson plan, it was just a quick hit explanation of the technique. Today’s installment is also not meant as a […]
As dog trainers we need to be sensitive to the concept of pressure.
As our dog gets better at learning or when the skill we’re working gets stronger we need to move to a variable reinforcement schedule. 2 behaviors for 1 cookie. 2:1… 3:1… 20:1 depending on where we’re at in the development of this skill.
Criteria is an extremely important component of dog training, possibly the most important. Setting clear and appropriate criteria allows the handler to teach the skills we want our dogs to learn quickly and efficiently.
Traditional positive training says that we should shoot for 15-30 rewards per minute for learning and tough challenges. That’s a cookie every 2-4 seconds. A high rate of reinforcement of success creates a snowball effect. It becomes easier and easier to succeed. Successful performance of a behavior becomes habit.
The definition of an Operant animal is an animal that understands behavior affects consequence.
These are standard Positive Training principles with a little Pawsitive Vybe flavor added to them – and the mindmap is just really cool. It’s a work in progress and a tool I’m using to organize my thoughts. I thought I’d share… Be sure to check out the ‘Outline’ format, and if you’re interested… Download X-Mind, an […]
One of the goals as a professional dog trainer is to have a simple, accessible philosophy that can be communicated easily and applied fairly simply by clients that are new to dog training. One of the ways we do that as Positive Trainers is to speak very loosely and throw the words cookie, reward and […]
Note: in the video linked above, LaVerne demonstrates this exercise at 15:14 and 23:16 Freeshaped Multiple Target Targeting is a training exercise that we do with nearly all of our clients who take personal lessons from us. It is a great learning opportunity for both dog and handler and really does a great job of […]
What if it’s not the failure of the dog to generalize the skill but the failure of the handler to teach the root concept of the skill in the first place? What if we as dog trainers are more often than not fostering a contextual understanding of behavior instead of a conceptual one?
Can you Drop something without it being held? Can you get Off of something without being On it in the first place? Can you do a Stay without the Release? These are Dog Training Kōans. Kōans are zen riddles meant to challenge understanding and offer profound wisdom. Now I’m not claiming to be a zen […]