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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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Spa Day: How to Train Your Dog to Love a Bath, a Brushing, or Even a Mani/Pedi

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:00:00 +0000

Imagine a life where your dog loves being groomed. When you pull out the brush or nail trimmers, your dog comes running—just as if you opened a new bag of treats. How would that make you feel?

It is never too late to train your pet to love being bathed or brushed. With a little time and patience, you and your puppy, adult, or senior dog can look forward to sharing relaxing grooming time.

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Shaping Success

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

Free shape—or not?

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Ignorance is Bliss: Real-World Use of Modifiers with a Search & Rescue Dog

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 18:30:43 +0000

A search-and-rescue start

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How to Teach Canine Nail Trims with a Team Approach

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:02:22 +0000

Shaping human behavior

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How to Teach Your Pet to Target

Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:02:07 +0000

Picture the possibilities

Imagine teaching your dog to put his hind feet—just his hind feet—on a mat. Or, imagine teaching your cat to give a high-five.

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Rally-FrEe: A Fun New Sport

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:42:45 +0000

Intriguing mix of learning and fun

Have you ever wished that you and your dog had as much fun competing in the ring as in training? Or, have you ever wished that your dog could cut loose and perform favorite tricks right in the middle of a competition, instead of repeating the same old exercises? A new dog sport where foundation training supports many of the other activities you do with your dog could be the answer. Try Rally-FrEe! (It's pronounced "rally free!")

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New Year’s Resolutions: Making Your Plan for Success

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:18:59 +0000

The starting bell

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The Perfect Pair: Rescued Dogs Help Returning Soldiers

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:44:10 +0000

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Transports—The Parts in the Middle Make All the Difference!

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:32:45 +0000

For many years, we have preached about the importance of training according to Good Agility Practices. What that means is making sure that training is permeated by focus and intensity, and that your handling system is followed both during and in between exercises. This philosophy of training is not only true for agility training, but provides benefits for all kinds of training.

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Erasing Fear: A Lesson (or Two) on Cues and Shaping

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:10:48 +0000

A note from Karen Pryor:

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How to Teach Your Dog Left and Right

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:00:00 +0000

This is a fun exercise that is handier than it seems at first. You'll set up two targets at a distance, and teach your dog to go to either target—left or right—on cue. Later, you will set up similar exercises to bring more general meaning to the cues "left" or "right."

A dog that understands "left" and "right" has a terrific skill for many competition venues including agility, herding, mushing, water dog, and retrieving. This understanding would also be handy walking on trails—and service dog owners could think of a dozen or more applications for "left" and "right."

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Helping Shy Dogs Blossom Using Targeting

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:00:00 +0000

Shy dogs are an especially difficult challenge in the shelter environment because it is so hard for them to establish trust. We have found that teaching these dogs to target our hand can help many shy dogs develop confidence with people fairly quickly. You can't begin to try this method until there is at least one person (staff or volunteer) the shy dog has a little trust in.

Target training teaches the dog to touch his nose to some object or person for a click and then treat. (If the shy dog is very noise reactive, you may choose to use a "soft" voice marker or a muffled clicker)

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How to Clicker Train Your Dog to Stay in the Yard

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:40:24 +0000

Draw the lines yourself

Would you like to train your dog to stay in your yard without resorting to electrical shock?

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How to Survive Puppy Teething and Nipping

Sun, 01 May 2011 17:00:03 +0000

Ouch!

I am firmly convinced that the evolutionary process made puppies adorable so that we would overlook the fact that their mouths are full of razor blades—blades they do not hesitate to put to frequent use. Nipping and chewing rank high on the puppy parenting complaint list, and are symptoms of teething, a developmental stage associated with both human and canine infants.

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