Tag Archives: Dog Training

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


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

[tab_nav type=”two-up” float=”right”] [tab_nav_item title=”What” active=”true”][tab_nav_item title=”Who” active=””][tab_nav_item title=”Where and When” active=””][tab_nav_item title=”Why” active=””][tab_nav_item title=”How” active=””][tab_nav_item title=”Wrap Up” active=””] [/tab_nav] Favorite

The Pawsitive Vybe STARR Protocol

The Pawsitive Vybe STARR Protocol


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]

Marking with a Finger Point

Marking with a Finger Point


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]

Humor, Repetition and the Classical Condition

Humor, Repetition and the Classical Condition


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]

Criteria

Criteria

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.

Rate of Reinforcement

Rate of Reinforcement

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.

Four Principles of Positive Training

Four Principles of Positive Training


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]

The Cookie Process

The Cookie Process


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]

Exercise – Freeshaped Multiple Target Targeting

Exercise – Freeshaped Multiple Target Targeting


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]

Zen of Oppositional Behaviors

Zen of Oppositional Behaviors


Warning: in_array() expects parameter 2 to be array, null given in /home/discdog/public_html/wp-content/plugins/favorites/app/Entities/User/UserRepository.php on line 188

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 […]