Category Archives: Cues

Replacing a Poisoned Cue

Today I’m sharing a hard-won victory and an improvement in my dog’s quality of life. Summer is my crossover dog, and unfortunately carries some baggage from that. We took three levels of obedience courses at a traditional dog club. Although … Continue reading

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The Barking Recall

Here is an “almost Wordless Wednesday” (except my videos tend to have a lot of words in them!). I have been working with Clara since she was tiny to make sure she didn’t “catch” some of Summer’s reactive behaviors, and … Continue reading

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Call the Doctor. I Think I’ve Been Poisoned!

I had a little outpatient procedure the other day. As I was leaving, still a little fuzzy, the discharge nurse gave me some papers including a little card in an envelope. She said, “This is a thank you note from … Continue reading

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A New Resource, and our Rally Weekend

I have published a permanent page on my blog that collects all the posts and videos I have made that I have been told are useful for dog trainers to show their students. It can be accessed here: Video Examples … Continue reading

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The Missed Cue: Attack of the Zen Field

Up to this point, all of my Missed Cue videos have been set up. After I discover or suspect a hole in my dogs’ training I set them up in a situation in which I’m guessing they will fail, and … Continue reading

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A Little Heavy on the Body English

Part 3 of  Dogs Notice Everything (The Missed Cue) This is really the opposite of a missed cue. The dogs are understanding the cues beautifully, but these are cues I’m specifically trying not to give! Around the time I made the … Continue reading

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Fixing What I Broke

Part 2 of Dogs Notice Everything. The three “Missed Cue” videos were among the first videos I posted publicly wherein I tried to illuminate an aspect of dog training. Imagine my surprise when, after showing how Zani and Summer didn’t understand … Continue reading

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Dogs Notice Everything

I am fascinated by how dogs perceive the world. One of the things that dog experts and ethologists have been bringing to our human attention for a while is that dogs discriminate beautifully, but generalize poorly. What this means in … Continue reading

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