Category Archives: Blogs To Help You Train Your Dog

A Simple Explanation of Respondent Conditioning

As a dog training professional many of your clients will present behavioral or training challenges that are a result of an emotional response, a problematic emotional response. The observable behavior you see, the operant behavior is elicited because the dog is afraid, scared, anxious etc.  To change the problematic operant behavior you have to change
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Dog Training or Behavior Consulting – What’s the difference?

  Listen to a five minute podcast about the DogSmith and our  training and behavior services. There is a difference  between the two.  Alternatively you can contact your DogSmith who will help guide you in your choice of services.  So What Is The Difference? Dog Training is about building up new and appropriate skills and helping
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The Science of Force-Free Learning: How Our Pets Learn!

Introduction  Here at the DogSmith, professional members of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), we like to focus on building relationships with our pets by using positive reinforcement to train new skills, and to build new behaviors as replacements for problematic ones. Because the emotional brain inhibits the rational brain (and vice versa), nobody, and that
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The 4 DogSmith Learning Games

by Angelica Steinker   1. Shaping 2. Prompting 3. Capturing 4. Observational Learning   Shaping – the process of training your dog by rewarding a very small part of the end behavior. Gradually, over time, you will require more of the dog until you have ‘shaped’ the goal behavior. For example, you want your dog
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Life is So Much Better with a Well Trained Dog

by Niki Tudge Isn’t it amazing how we expect puppies to arrive in our home fully trained and perfectly fluent in the English language?  And then we are amazed when our new dog doesn’t understand the simplest instructions we give them.  Like a tourist in a foreign country, we think that if we just talk
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