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Ahh…. You’re Wrong! Are Non-Reward Markers Effective?

Ahh…. You’re Wrong! Are Non-Reward Markers Effective?

What is the impact of using words such as “ahh” or “no” when our learners get things wrong?  When I was in university studying a Bachelors of Science in Canine Behaviour and Training I decided to do my dissertation on the use of Non-Reward Markers (NRMs) which are effectively words or markers that tell ourRead more about Ahh…. You’re Wrong! Are Non-Reward Markers Effective?[…]

Loose lead walking – are you getting the criteria right?

Loose lead walking – are you getting the criteria right?

Dogs pulling on the lead is one of the most common behaviour issues that people contact me about.  Whilst pulling for a number of these dogs is influenced by fear of traffic, people, other dogs or the environment and will require specific behaviour modification, for most it is simply a learned behaviour – dog pulls,Read more about Loose lead walking – are you getting the criteria right?[…]

How Pigeons Are Helping Dogs Walk Nicely – 300 Peck

How Pigeons Are Helping Dogs Walk Nicely – 300 Peck

300 Peck is a cool training method that makes increasing the duration or criteria of a behaviour easier for both the learner and the trainer; it’s systematic whilst maintaining an effective rate of reinforcement.  When we are training animals most of us find it hard to increase the difficulty level gradually without making it tooRead more about How Pigeons Are Helping Dogs Walk Nicely – 300 Peck[…]

Breeder Vaccinations For Puppies – Good Intent, But Not Helpful!

Breeder Vaccinations For Puppies – Good Intent, But Not Helpful!

Recently I’ve been getting more and more enquiries from new puppy parents who are having difficulties when they take their pups outside into the big bad world for the first time – they are terrified of traffic, people, other dogs or the environment in general.  The one thing that they have in common is thatRead more about Breeder Vaccinations For Puppies – Good Intent, But Not Helpful![…]

Dominance – stop with the labels and give the dogs a chance!

Dominance – stop with the labels and give the dogs a chance!

So I was perusing Facebook the other day, as you do, and unsurprisingly I get lots in my feed about dogs – in fact, the truth is my feed is all about dogs and little else!  It’s not such a bad thing really……. There are some excellent groups and pages doing amazing work in supportRead more about Dominance – stop with the labels and give the dogs a chance![…]