I want to share this great research on the dog-human relationship.
I see and hear the word ‘tolerant’ a lot when it comes to talking about dog companions; and thought I’d dedicate this post to sharing some thoughts on the subject, and why, even tolerant dogs need human advocates.
Enrichment is so important for your pet. Here is a simple Find It scent enrichment game you can play with your dog or puppy. Remember to do this at your pet’s pace. If your dog is new to this, you may want to make finding the treats a lot easier by putting them within view or pointing them out to your dog or puppy. For a dog with fear or other confidence issues, you may want to also play this without asking for the added self control behaviors like sit and stay.
When I was working with one of my puppy clients the other day, a question came up about rewarding behavior. Since I teach the most positive strategies for changing behavior, we talk a lot about reinforcement and consequences in my visits. It occurred to me that the topic of reward vs positive reinforcement was worth exploring again in my blog.
I always spend some time and energy at the end of the year thinking about the reasons I have to be grateful. Pictured are some of the many faces I am so appreciative to have had the opportunity to work with this year. What makes my pet training so fulfilling for me is knowing I am helping people – and their non-human companions. This is about more than simply teaching behaviors, it is also about enriching and empowering lives, and strengthening relationships. I am committed to continue my own learning process too, to learn new approaches and strengthen my skills for using the most positive approaches to solving pet behavior problems so that I can continue to grow and improve in being able to help others – and myself.. Thank you to everyone for being here…and to those who I have personally helped!
I compiled a list of some suggested New Year’s resolutions relating to dog training.