Category Archives: Dogs’ perceptions

Thresholds: The Movie

I have made a movie about thresholds in dog training. It gives a quick overview of the work that I presented in my webinar for the Pet Professional Guild. (Click here for a script of the movie; there is a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Behavior analysis, Classical conditioning, Desensitization and Counterconditioning, Dogs' perceptions, Escape/Avoidance, Negative Reinforcement, Stress Signals, Terminology | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

7 Common Dog Training Errors: More Cautionary Tales

I have to admit that I likely have a fair number of readers who look forward to reading about my mistakes. But hey, I asked for it, from the very first day of the blog. My previous post on common … Continue reading

Posted in Dog body language, Dog training hints, Dogs' perceptions, Generalization, Human and dog misunderstandings, Multiple dogs, Stress Signals | 23 Comments

Sound Masking for Reactive Dogs

If you have: a dog who reacts to noises while at home; a smart phone or tablet that can send a signal to wireless speakers; and wireless speakers …I have a hint to share.**  What I’m going to describe is … Continue reading

Posted in Dogs' hearing, Fear, Management | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

8 Common Dog Training Errors: Cautionary Tales

As the great trainer Bob Bailey says, training is simple but not easy. The principles are very simple and straightforward, but actually applying them in practice can be very difficult. I’ve mentioned many times that I am not a professional … Continue reading

Posted in Dog body language, Dog training hints, Dogs' perceptions, Generalization, Human and dog misunderstandings, Multiple dogs, Stress Signals | Tagged , , | 45 Comments

Wordless Wednesday: Clara got Mail!

Watch as Clara deftly opens her package from GoughNuts. We are not affiliated with the company and were not asked to feature their products. We’re just very happy customers: Clara because she loves the balls, and myself because they are … Continue reading

Posted in Dogs' sense of smell, Fun, Play, Toys and Play | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

High Speed Nosework

Just a little fun for the middle of the week. Clara can now find her ball anywhere in the yard in under a minute. I’m going to have to start burying it, or get a bigger yard. Or I know! … Continue reading

Posted in Dog body language, Dogs' sense of smell, Play, Scent work | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

This is a hard post to write, but perhaps not for the reason you would think. My old dog Cricket has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction. This condition is like Alzheimer’s or dementia for dogs. It’s hard to write about not because … Continue reading

Posted in Canine Cognitive Disfunction, Dogs' perceptions, Old dogs | Tagged , , , , | 25 Comments