Category Archives: Training methods

Wanted: Stupid Dogs

Yeah, Baby Z thinks it sounds crazy, too.  But is it really? Think about it.  Do you really want Lassie as a dog?  I would posit that many people do not – not really.  They do not want a dog … Continue reading

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Am I A Monster?

I want to make something crystal clear:  I do not hate anyone.  There are some methods I don’t like.  I don’t like seeing dogs in a pinch collar, a shock collar, or a choke collar. I believe these methods to … Continue reading

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Coercion in Pet Dog Training Leads Dogs To a “Life of Quiet Desperation”

Coercion in Pet Dog Training Leads Dogs To a “Life of Quiet Desperation”.

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Reliable Recall: Some Rules to Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called

Coming when called is perhaps the most important thing your dog can learn.  It can mean the difference between being lost forever, getting into a road and hit, or just generally making you pull your hair out with worry. There … Continue reading

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Beating a Dead Zebra – Final Note

The apparent success of punishment can be convincing.  Punishing will often result in an end to a behavior.  It may also result in the temporary suppression of a behavior.  At least, as long as the one doling out the punishment … Continue reading

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Crossing Over

I thought it wise to take a break from my current series to explain something about my training methods for those of you who have known me for a long time.  I am what they call a “crossover trainer”.  What … Continue reading

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