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The 10 Laws of Shaping Revisited

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:31:41 +0000

The quest for greatness


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Are You Clicker Training, or Training with a Clicker?

Wed, 18 May 2016 19:27:06 +0000

I began teaching people how to clicker train their dogs in 1996. At that time, most pet owners had never heard of clicker training and few class instructors took it seriously. Mine was the only advertisement in the local Yellow Pages that mentioned the word "clicker." I had to persuade students to even try this novel gadget.

A decade later, clickers are now common in dog training classes. But, I suggest, clicker training still is not.

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Equine Etiquette: Teaching a Horse to Stay

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:16:07 +0000

Instead of juggling, train “stay”


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Shaping Success

Tue, 26 May 2015 21:19:11 +0000

Free shape—or not?


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Into the Woods

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:40:35 +0000

Take a hike!

If your New Year's resolution is to be more active, be sure to include your dog in your plans!


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"Clicker Trainers Use No Punishment" and Other Training Myths

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000

Before starting this article, I polled the ClickerSolutions mailing list about the training myths—about both clicker and more traditional training—the members had heard. The responses poured in. It became obvious that misunderstandings, miscommunications, and half-truths abound, creating unnecessary walls between trainers. Let's debunk some of these myths.


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Beyond Clicking and Treating: The Power of Choice

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:35:40 +0000

If you’re on this website, and reading this article, you are probably interested in clicker training—and for good reason. The clicker is a wonderful tool. It lets us communicate more clearly with other species (as well as with our own, in some cases). It helps us focus on the behavior we want to see. It also enables the training of behaviors that would be extremely difficult, or even impossible, to train in any other way.


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To Crate or Not To Crate?

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:02:37 +0000

A bonus, not a penalty

Many people refuse to crate or kennel-train their dogs because they feel the confinement is cruel. However, a crate or kennel can give dogs a sense of security. Crate training done properly is also a highly effective management system that can be a lifesaver for dog owners. Like any training method, crating can be abused, but using a crate for appropriate time periods is helpful with a variety of important goals, including house training, preventing destructive behavior, and teaching a dog to settle and relax.


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Creating a Positive Partnership with Your Dog Trainer

Wed, 05 Feb 2014 04:30:14 +0000

Act on your positive decision

If you have welcomed a new dog into your home, or realized that an existing canine family member could use some behavior polish, deciding to work with a professional dog trainer may be one of this year's resolutions. Selecting someone to work with you and your beloved pet is a serious process, requiring research, testimonials and recommendations, and perhaps some observation of the leading candidates. Even when you have chosen the positive trainer that best fits your needs, outlook, and schedule, there is still work to be done. A little advance preparation will go a long way toward creating the smooth and easy partnership you are looking to form with your dog trainer.


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The Eight Ways of Changing Behavior

Sat, 01 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000

Anything you do to get rid of behavior you don't want will fall into one of the following eight methods. The first four are the 'bad fairies,' the methods that have neither kindness nor special efficacy to recommend them. The second four are the 'good fairies,' the approaches that involve positive reinforcement and some understanding of behavior, and that are highly likely to work.

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Podcast: Aggressive Dogs: Nature or Nurture?

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 13:00:00 +0000

In this month's podcast, Aidan Bindoff discusses dogs' aggressive behavior. Aidan asks, "Are aggressive dogs born aggressive, or is the aggression a result of the dog's upbringing and training?" Listen to the podcast (available at the bottom of the page) to learn more about aggression as an operant behavior, and how to deal with the issue in training. Read the original article here.

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Media Files:

How to Practice Clicker Mechanics

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 16:00:00 +0000

Do you remember when you learned to tie your shoes? Maybe that's too far back and the details are fuzzy. How about when you learned to type? I remember that well. It was during my freshman year of high school, the first period of the day, bright and early. My fingers were still asleep! As I clicked away at the IBM Selectric typewriter, it seemed so awkward. But as I practiced each day, I became more and more comfortable and my skill improved. By the end of the semester I was typing over 50 words per minute.

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How to Use Play as a Reward

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:02:37 +0000

Let’s play!

Have you ever wanted to reward your dog for a job well done, but didn't have food treats with you? Consider playing with your dog to reinforce good behavi

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Click Your Cat to Better Behavior!

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:12:01 +0000

Don’t believe everything you hear about cats!

 Myths and legends have been spun around cats ever since people started sharing their world with them.

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