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!
This is written by Barbara Heidenreich, an internationally renowned positive animal trainer. Thank you to her for permission to posting this to my blog.
I am a member of Doggone Safe, educating families to set their kids up for success with their pets. Below is information on holiday safety tips for children and dogs.
If a behavior produces a consequence of value to a dog or other animal, that behavior will continue and even strengthen. It is so easy to reinforce behaviors in our pets that we don’t want to see without even realizing we are doing it. Sometimes that reinforcement is coming from the environment (such as sensory, tactile or social
In pet training, clarity counts. Remember, it is pretty tough for an animal who doesn’t speak human to understand what we want them to do. When teaching, remember clear two-way communication is so important. Teach with small steps and great reinforcement for good choices.