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From Foes to Friends: Using Positive Reinforcement to Teach a Cat and Dog to Happily Coexist

This article was published in the IAABC Fall Journal of 2018 and can also be found at https://fall2018.iaabcjournal.org/2018/10/25/from-foes-to-friends-si-jeter/ BACKGROUND Si is an approximately 6-year-old domestic short haired tabby cat. He was found as a stray when he was about a year old. At the time, our home consisted of two dogs and two other cats. Si instantly snuggled with the…

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Dog Training: It’s Not Opinion. It’s Science.

As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, I talk with many people about different methods used to train their dogs.  Being a trainer that works on scientifically supported methods of building confidence, creating replacement behaviors, and decreasing anxiety and aggression with reward-based training, I am firmly against any use of force and intimidation. I often hear the following comment from people:…

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How to Use the Clicker

Now that you have read about the benefits of using a clicker to train your dog, it is time to teach him just what the clicker means by charging the clicker.  Charging the clicker means that he learns that the click precedes a treat.  Practice the following activity in an environment with few distractions. You are not asking your dog…

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What is Clicker Training?

If you have attended a group class or private lesson with your dog, you might have heard of clicker training.  A clicker is a small device that fits in the palm of your hand and emits an audible sound. Once trained to the clicker, it allows a slight time gap between when the dog performs the desired behavior and when…

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Stopping Unwanted Jumping

Unwanted jumping is one of the most frequent problems faced by dog owners. Dogs jump on people for many reasons, the most common being that the dog wants attention. Although we may not mean to, when we tell our dog to stop jumping, we are actually increasing the likelihood that the jumping will continue in the future. This is because…

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The Importance of Cooperative Care in Dog Training

Cooperative care has become a frequently used term in the positive reinforcement world of animal training. This is where an animal has a choice in his care and is an active participant. It is even used with animals in zoos. Do a quick internet search and you will find videos of tigers, alligators, and hyenas participating in physical examinations and…

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