Using Play to Train Your Dog
Examples of “Watch” with Willie
Teaching a Dog to “Stay” with Body Blocks & Positive Reinforcement
Punishing Yourself with Positive Reinforcement April 2023
Chirag Patel and the “Bucket Game” April 2021
Teaching the “Emergency Stop” (or “Flying Lie Down”) March 2021
Family Dog Training Classes-What’s in Your Curriculum? September 2017
Luring, Prompting and (or) Free Shaping February 2016
Holidays Schmalidays? (Fun with Gifts for Dog Lovers) December 2015
Positive Reinforcement is Defined by the Receiver, Take Two April 2015
Using Positives to Decrease Negatives July 2012
Lure & Clicker Training to Teach Sit: Advantages & Disadvantages March 2012
Don’t Waste Calories! March 2012
The Nail Wars August 2011
Positives of Negatives & Negatives of Positives February 2011
Are You “All Positive?” February 2011
Markers and Secondary Reinforcers July 2010
Using Secondary Reinforcers – Wisdom from Kem Ramirez July 2010
What’s In It for Me? July 2010
Creative Reinforcement June 2010
Positive Training for Hunting Dogs July 2009
Positive Reinforcement is Defined by the Receiver! September 2008
Training Daze: Even a bad example can have a good influence
Words at Work: Learning terms like “positive punishment” can be positively punishing
A Treat by Any Other Name: Positive Reinforcement is in the eye of the beholder
Early Education: All puppy classes are not created equal
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