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Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine Kind shared a post.Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 7:20am
Thanks to the *epic* discussion the other day around all the pros and cons of printing instructions for the "Leave it command" on the back of a bag of treats, our own wonderful Lili Chin has made this helpful graphic. Instead of criticizing methods, since most things come down to skill of the trainer, I would love to see every pet class, puppy class, and "manners class" focus first and foremost on teaching the *humans* how to deliver reinforcement reliably, cleanly, and in a trustworthy way to their animals. Once this all important skill is mastered and dog and human are relaxed and in sync about the use of food reinforcement in training, then you can start "fading in" more difficult training challenges and distractions--as fits the needs of that dog and that human. Who knows? Maybe at some point we'll see Lili Chin on the back of a bag of treats! Special thanks to Shannon Thier for her input on the "Troubleshooting" section.
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine Kind is in South Hill, Washington.Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 10:05pm
South Hill, WA
Feeding a meal by playing “find it” is a lot more interesting and fun than eating it out of a bowl!
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine KindSunday, March 17th, 2019 at 9:57pm
As a clicker trainer, I frequently get questions about whether it's OK to use a verbal marker instead. Here's a good explanation about the use of one versus the other and a recommendation when using a verbal marker in lieu of a clicker (with thanks to Laurie Luck of Smart Dog University).
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine Kind shared a post.Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 11:02pm
And this!😊
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine Kind shared a post.Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 11:02pm
THIS!
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine KindFriday, March 8th, 2019 at 3:35pm
Pro tip: if your dog starts barking, calmly redirect him or her instead of just saying, "no."

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