Category Archives: Generalization

Zen Generalization: Hole in the Fence

Sue Ailsby points out the Zen is one behavior that dogs tend to generalize well: Leave It for all manner of toddler Zen situations…; Leave It nicely gets my dogs out of the front hall when we have visitors; Leave … Continue reading

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Thank You Susan Friedman and Associates: A Personal Review of the BehaviorWorks Living and Learning with Animals Professional Course

Imagine if you could drop out of this world for two months and live somewhere where positive reinforcement ruled rather than punishment. Where teachers understood how people best learn. Where people taking a class were there to learn, not work … Continue reading

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Lumping It: A Public Service Announcement

So maybe you are new to clicker training and you keep hearing people talking about lumping and how bad it is. Be a splitter, not a lumper, they say. You have a vague idea about it but maybe aren’t exactly … 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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Peek-a-Boo! A Hint for Training Eye Contact

Here is a quickie hint for teaching eye contact from Sue Ailsby’s Training Levels. This is from Level 2 Focus, Step 4 in the New Levels. After the dog has built up eye contact duration to a solid 10 seconds, … 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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