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What to do if your puppy bites you OUTSIDE of a training session

By Emily Larlham Every time a puppy is reinforced for putting teeth on human skin, a bite-reinforcement history is being created.  Take mouthing seriously and make sure you do not reinforce it!  Ignoring biting is a bad idea because it is self-reinforcing! There are many ways to stop biting from being reinforced.  Use your judgment […]

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Socializing Tips – our world can be a scary place!

By Emily Larlham The world can be a scary place for a young puppy.  This is especially the case if the breeder or previous caregiver did not take the litter of puppies out-and-about in the company of their own mother and littermates in order to socialize them to everything they will see and hear in […]

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Dogs and Babies

by Emily Larlham Sitting in a room full of pregnant women and their husbands in a local hospital in San Diego, California, just moments before hearing Madeline Gabriel’s lecture, “Dogs and Babies: Play It Safe,” I thought to myself, “I am sure I know all of this stuff! “  Boy, was I wrong. I wish […]

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Fading a lure

by Emily Larlham Fading a lure, or teaching your dog to offer a behavior without having a treat waved in front of his face can seem like a daunting task if you have never done it before.  However, once you have gotten over the first hurdle of your dog’s dependency on the treat lure for […]

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The problem with just ignoring unwanted behaviors

by Emily Larlham You should never ignore behaviors your dog or puppy does that you find “undesirable” if the behaviors are self-reinforcing.  This is because by practicing the behaviors the dog will find them reinforcing and be more likely to continue doing them in the future.  By repetition the “undesired” behavior attains a reinforcement history, […]

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