Category Archives: Positive Reinforcement

Only if the Behavior Increases!

This post is paired with “Only if the Behavior Decreases!“ Pop quiz: Q: If I give my dog a piece of kibble whenever she sits, is that positive reinforcement? A: Only if sitting increases. It sounds simple, doesn’t it, but … Continue reading

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Can We Determine Whether Training with Food Is Positive or Negative Reinforcement?

Yes we can. This question was pretty well answered in the 1950s. Note: You need a basic understanding of the processes (often called quadrants) of operant learning for the discussion in this post to be meaningful. You can read my … Continue reading

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Using a Training Plan to Retrain Summer’s “Target”

In our last episode, I shared how I messed up Summer’s hand (and object) targeting behavior six ways from Sunday. Now I will share the process of retraining it. When you follow directions from a book, such as the Training … Continue reading

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6 Ways I Messed Up My Dog’s Targeting

Hand targeting is usually suggested as a great behavior for new clicker trainers since it is easy to get and easy to define criteria for. I guess I didn’t read the brochure carefully enough because I messed up hand targeting … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Exercise Ball

I bought an exercise ball, a FitPAWS peanut, from CleanRun a couple of years ago. It’s a device to help dogs develop core strength and balance. After seeing some YouTube videos and even a professional DVD that showed dogs and … Continue reading

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The Humane Hierarchy, Part 2 of 2: Examples

This is the second of two posts on Susan Friedman’s Humane Hierarchy. Here is Humane Hierarchy Part 1 in case you missed it. In this part, I present examples of each of the methods listed in the Humane Hierarchy. My … Continue reading

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The Humane Hierarchy, Part 1 of 2: Overview

I am a Humane Hierarchy trainer. That is the name of the roadmap I use to make ethical choices about the training methods I use. I’m going to describe the method in this post. (Humane Hierarchy Part 2, which is … Continue reading

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Dog Faming 2: Their Gifts to Us

Who knew that four photos and five short paragraphs would be my most popular blog post so far? I didn’t start Dog Faming but I hope I have done a little bit to promulgate it. I think its time has … Continue reading

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Dog Faming

Many of you are probably familiar with the trend of “dog shaming.” It consists of taking a photo of your dog next to a sign describing a naughty thing they have done, preferably with evidence of the misdeed. I’m not … Continue reading

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