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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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Adding a verbal cue or changing a cue

Adding a verbal cue or changing a cue

by Emily Larlham For me, adding a verbal cue and changing a cue follow the exact same training method as fading a food lure or a target using the “What did you do last?” game as explained in the previous training tip.  You can also add a verbal cue or change a cue by fading […]

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Fading a lure

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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