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Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training

Oct 31, 2017

Traditionally, we say that a reinforcer is something the learner wants. But it's not that simple. It's never simple is it? It's important to remember that reinforcement is a process defined by the results. For the full show notes, visit:

Oct 24, 2017

In this conversation, Lindsay Wood Brown and I attempt to unpack the concept of the Conditioned Emotional Response (CER) as applies to dog training. In addition to running through (and utterly confusing ourselves with) the terminology of the conditioned stimulus and unconditioned stimulus, etc, we also talk...

Oct 17, 2017

Today's podcast guests, Elsa Blomster and Lena Gunnarson, are the authors of Retrieving for All Occasions, which is, in their own words, the kind of book they would have liked to read when their first dogs were puppies. This book dives into basic training for retrieving and flushing dogs and offers concrete advice for...

Oct 10, 2017

In this episode, we talk about finding a balance between providing structure for our dogs and also letting them make choices. As usual with, this was a very REAL conversation. Unfiltered. Unedited. Sorry/not sorry. For full show notes, visit:

Oct 3, 2017

Fluency is, in many ways, another word for mastery of a skill or behavior. Which is, of course, what we want for our learners. But there are a LOT of factors and moving parts that all have to work together to build that fluent behavior and that can be a lot to keep track of as a trainer. For complete show notes,...