Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:03:43 +0000
Visual lessons—at the zoo!
Thu, 12 May 2016 20:33:47 +0000
Puppies pay off
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:10:36 +0000
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:42:31 +0000
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:56:50 +0000
Every year I meet a lot of people who dream of starting a dog training business.
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 05:00:00 +0000
Puppy class is probably the most popular class among instructors, particularly for the inexperienced enthusiasts. I would like to examine exactly what a puppy class can provide to meet the main purpose of education (of the owners) and prevention (of behavioral issues).
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 21:13:44 +0000
It’s a great time to be a dog trainer! More and more pet owners are seeking training for their dogs.
Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:58:00 +0000
“My dog loves to eat his kibble while training at home. I am so surprised that he will not eat it in the group sessions.”
“Our dog stays motivated and focused for training when the house is quiet. But as soon as there are distractions, she does not want to eat the kibble.”
“Why does my puppy focus so well for the trainers during classes? She really seems to enjoy her interactions with them.”
Professional trainers hear comments like these from our dog teams every day. Owners are completely baffled as to why their puppies or dogs refuse to focus on them amid the distractions of daily life. How can this be, they wonder? Their dogs love the dog food at breakfast and dinner, so there should be no need to introduce new treats. These owners truly believe that feeding kibble is reinforcing in any environment.
Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:00:00 +0000
For new trainers just opening their own business, the decision to enroll in Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) is obvious and easy. If you want to become the best, you must learn from the best. Who better to learn from than the woman who introduced marker training to legions of dog trainers and devotees in the book that revolutionized the field, Don't Shoot the Dog!
Mon, 02 Aug 2010 01:06:47 +0000
Dogs make choices. Training is really about increasing the probability that your dog makes the choice that you prefer over all other choices, and that’s why it's important to understand how animals make choices. The good news is that the probability of a behaviour is actually quite predictable—which is not so comforting if you discover that the behaviour you want has a low probability! But the other piece of good news is that there are ways to increase probability, and the study of “choice behaviour” explains how.
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 16:00:00 +0000
Essentially, TAGteaching is clicker training for humans. It has numerous applications, and is popular among athletic coaches, educators working with learning-disabled individuals, pilot instruction schools, and, yes, clicker classes!
Sun, 01 Nov 2009 15:00:00 +0000
Fri, 01 May 2009 16:00:00 +0000
In difficult economic times, how can a dog trainer establish and develop a thriving professional enterprise?
Sat, 01 Nov 2008 16:00:00 +0000
It is so worthwhile, and so easy, to customize clicker training lessons for a family when the training takes place in their home. In that environment, I can see behaviors of both the family members and the dog that wouldn't show up in a class situation. I can keep the training consistent for the dog by helping each family member stay on track.
Sat, 01 Nov 2008 15:00:00 +0000
The realities of our current economy are becoming all too real for many small business owners. If you're an independent animal trainer or the owner of a training business, you may be understandably anxious about the headlines. The good news is that there are several things you can do to maintain and even improve your bottom line despite the challenges of today's fiscal landscape.