Tag Archives: Clara

What You Reinforce is What You Get

Bob Bailey said, “What you click is what you get.” There is a lot of wisdom in this simple remark. Among other things, it emphasizes to me that we don’t always realize exactly what we are marking and reinforcing, but … Continue reading

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When Management Succeeds

“Management fails.” Have you heard this saying? Did you understand completely what the person meant? I’m going to explain it in some detail for those who aren’t familiar with the terminology or concept, then tell my own management story. Management … Continue reading

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The Ex-Pen Garden

How about something light and pleasant to get ready for the weekend! One of my life goals has always been to have a big vegetable garden. And when I got my own place I did it. These are low res … Continue reading

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But What if Your Dog Runs Out Into Traffic?

Anyone who spends any time on FaceBook reading the arguments between trainers who train mainly with positive reinforcement and those who don’t has seen this question. Just lately I have seen three different versions of it: But what if your … Continue reading

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7 Great Benefits of Flirt Pole Play for You and Your Dog

Clara’s and Zani’s Experiences If you have been following the blog, you may have seen that Clara is an absolute maniac for the flirt pole. It is right up there with playing ball in her list of favorite things. I … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Digging It with Mom

Something light and pleasant to watch during a sad week. Link to video for email subscribers. A couple more fun “digging” oriented videos. Rhodesian Ridgeback Gardeners: A classic. Sleet and Wren’s new Amazing double trick! (When you see what Wren’s reinforcement … Continue reading

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A Secret for Training Two Dogs

I think this is as close as I’ll ever come to a “how-to” blog. Here is my usual disclaimer: I am not a professional trainer and I have trained only my own dogs. But there is a secret to training … Continue reading

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