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Ask a Trainer: Puppy Whines in Playpen

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:42:58 +0000

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Q: Our three-month-old puppy whines whenever he is in his playpen. What do we do?

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Karen Pryor Academy Takes Flagship Dog Trainer Professional Program to the UK!

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:52 +0000

Great news for out friends across the pond—Karen Pryor Academy's world-renowned Dog Trainer Professional program is coming to the UK!

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Playing the Name Game

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:44:05 +0000

Attention defines a relationship. Without it, there is not much interaction.

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Teach Your Dog to Bring a Bucket

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:58:00 +0000

Want to teach your dog to bring his bucket? It’s just another retrieve. Back-chaining is the key to making it simple

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Has Little Bo Beep Lost Her Sheep? Not in this Clicker Training Tale!

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:39:26 +0000

Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) Stephanie Tagtow has trained a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, h

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Why I Taught An Old Dog a New Trick

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:08:53 +0000

It’s been over 10 years since we brought home our retired racing greyhound, Sydney. And over the years, she has learned a lot of things. She’s learned that the family cat is not a lure, the house is not a track and, even though it’s at nose-level, the kitchen counter is not an all-you-can-eat buffet. At age thirteen, some may think she is done learning. You’ve heard the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Any trainer knows that this simply isn’t true. With positive reinforcement training you can teach a dog of any age just about anything. In this month’s featured podcast, Karen Pryor talks about how she used tips from the new book Agility Right from the Start to teach her 10-year-old German poodle Misha to overcome situations that once frightened him. But why train an older dog?

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Little Joe the Gorilla gets flu vaccine, thanks to clicker training!

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:00:00 +0000

Great article in the Boston Globe about how the Franklin Park Zoo uses positive reinforcement met

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Dog Debarking? No Way

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 06:00:00 +0000

Like most greyhounds, my 13 year-old greyhound, Sydney, has a quiet, gentle soul. But boy, can she bark! She barks when she wants to go out and she barks when she wants to come in. She barks when she’s happy and she barks when she is bored. I admit, it can be irritating, particularly at 5am when I want to relish that last hour of sleep before my alarm sounds. But would I consider permanently silencing her so that I can get that last hour of sleep? No. So what to do?

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Chasing Sandy

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:00:00 +0000

It’s a quiet Saturday morning in my small coastal New England town, a perfect time to take a long walk on the beach with my dog, Sandy. With a cup full of coffee and a pocketful of Charlee Bear treats, there is no better way to start the day. As we set out for our walk, something in the distance steals Sandy’s attention. I get a sinking feeling that my peaceful morning is about to come to an abrupt end. Over the crest of the dunes on the other end of the beach, he comes into view—a handsome young goldendoodle, tail wagging and ready for action. “Sandy, stay,” I warn her. She gives me one last look as if to say “I’m sorry’ before she heads off in the opposite direction. “Sandy, come,’ I plead, but faster than a tail wag she bolts, kicking up sand in her wake. As I watch her tail disappear into the dunes, my frustration turns into despair. I feel the eyes of the other dog owners looking at me in sympathy. “She’ll come back,’ I assure them. Or maybe I’m just trying to assure myself.

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Variety is the Spice of Reinforcement

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:21:20 +0000

One of the often-overlooked rules of reinforcement is to use a variety of reinforcers. The two key words in that sentence are variety and reinforcers.

We're all creatures of habit, so it’s easy to fall into a routine where the reinforcement is well...routine. I like sushi and reward myself with it at lunch, but offer it to me on the same day for dinner and I don't find that reinforcing at all!

So a key to successful training is to keep it interesting. Vary your reinforcers. You can mix up reinforcers in the same session. You can vary them from session to session.

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Lynn Martin, KPA Dog Trainer, in the Himalayas

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 17:20:20 +0000

The reach of clicker training and Karen Pryor continues to stretch globally, thanks to Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) Lynn Martin. Back in April, we received an inquiry from Ingo Schnabel, the director of the Himalaya Rescue Dog Squad Nepal (HRDSN). His organization provides search and rescue teams in the wake of natural disasters, or when people are missing. Ingo and his team had just read Don't Shoot the Dog, and were eager to introduce clicker training to their Nepalese Junior Search and Rescue Workers.

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Canis Film Festival finalists are here!

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 05:00:00 +0000

The Canis Film Festival is in full swing, with some fantastic entries in from around the clicker training world. Submissions are now closed, and the finalists have been posted.

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Who's reading now? D - O - G - S (& kids)

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 02:24:36 +0000

Here's something to make you smile—kids and dogs learning to read!

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TAGteach has a new blog--check it out!

Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:25:41 +0000

TAGteach has a new blog! We are posting our exciting news reports from our world travels, articles about TAGteach technique, announcements about upcoming events, and reports of the experiences of the TAGteach principals and other TAGteachers. Please check it out if you are interested in TAGteach. (What is TAGteach? Find out here.)

 

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