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Good beginner books
Advanced ReadingExcel-Erated Learning: Explaining in Plain English How Dogs Learn and How Best to Teach Them
by Pamela J. Reid
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
Don't Shoot the Dog!: the New Art of Teaching and Training
by Karen Pryor
I highly recommend for herding
Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) http://www.ckc.ca Rules available for members
American Kennel Club (AKC) http://www.akc.org
Canine Performance Events, Inc. http://www.k9cpe.com Rules available at this site
American Herding Breed Association (AHBA) http://www.ahba-herding.org Rules available at this site
Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) http://www.asca.org Rules available at this site.
Training your dog, whether with a clicker or any other means is all about timing. Click too soon and you will actually inhibit your dogâs action÷click to late and you are marking a completely different behavior than you have intended.
Use these games to increase your timing!
This game is a Cute Game. Blow bubbles, jump and squish the bugs while defending your bubble.
This game allows you to "dart" sheep if they run out of the flock and it gives you a penalty if you click too soon!
This one requires more movement of the mouse!
Avoid the squares and the walls!
Brain puzzle! Follow the ball.
Download Sniffy the Virtual Rat!
A fun and cute game for timing with variables!
The penguin and the Yeti=a favorite!Back To The Top
Into every dog's life a lot of FUN must fall!
Tricks & Games classes are a wonderful activity for dogs and handlers who love to learn, love to perform and can laugh at themselves! This program is a wonderful complement for Therapy Dogs who want to do "shows" at the nursing homes and hospitals they visit.
You may find that a dog who appears resistant to more formal activities really does enjoy learning tricks. Some dogs that we would consider "dumb" because they canât follow orders, are actually very smart but see no reason to please their indulgent owners (Anybody out there have a cat?).
This class will teach you how to get the behaviors you want from your dog (not just tricks!). We will introduce an array of tricks that allows you to have fun with your dog while amazing your friends! No two classes are exactly alike, so take this class often!
The class is open to dogs over 10 weeks of age
No prior training experience is necessary.Back To The Top
We all run into problems from time to time with our pets. If you are having problems with housebreaking, jumping, running away, aggression, etc., we would like to help you succeed in solving these problems.
We are using an operant conditioning model with the following assumptions:
Law of Effect:
This approach to understanding dogs behavior focuses on observable outcomes. In this approach there is little attempt to understand the internal state of the dog, only what is observable. Furthermore, this approach assumes that:
There are four different kinds of reinforcers:
A Behavior Modification program is based on the following issues:
Based on the answers to these questions a Behavioral Modification Program includes the following steps
We are constantly shaping our dogs behavior. Much of our success will be dependent on our skills in this area.
Bill 132 has caused a huge amount of concern for dog owners due to not only the definition of "breed specific", but also to the concern of what constitutes aggression. Some dogs react in what might be perceived as aggressively towards other animals as well as people. It is necessary for all owners to be able to control their dogs. If you have any concern that would have you doubt your ability to control your dog in any situation, we can help. Private lessons, in your home or ours, are available. Please e-mail us to request more information or to book a time.
DOGS DO WHAT WORKS!Back To The Top