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Pet Tutor® at APDT – New technology boosting the trainer’s potential to help dogs

After unveiling Pet Tutor® for the very first time at the APDT conference in Spokane, WA, I can’t help but look back to the almost 30 years that I have worked with dogs and think of how dog training has evolved.

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Posted in Dog training, Dog/human relationship, Positive Animal Training, science, Technology, Training tools

The Matching Law, Key To Dog Behavior

What makes us chose between watching our favorite TV show and writing the paper due in a couple of weeks? Why do we opt to walk our dog instead of making that important phone call to a difficult client? Why

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, science

Animal training, craft or applied science?

‘Let me start by saying that you’re looking at one lucky SOB! Said Bob Bailey in front of a crowd of dog professionals eager to learn from one of the most accomplished animal trainers in the world. A mind always

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog behavior, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, science, Technology

Pet Tutor® – Smart Technology for Positive Training

As seen at the APDT Conference 2013 in Spokane,WA  www.apdt.com From phone apps to tracking systems or food dispensers, over the past decade, technology has gradually made its way into the world of dog training. There was a time where most

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, Technology, Training tools

Bob Bailey : Don’t settle for ‘good enough’

Animals are always learning. The animals we know today are the fruit of millions of years of evolution and have been learning by consequence all this time. They continuously put things together, draw conclusions and figure out how to avoid

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Posted in Bob Bailey, Dog behavior, Dog training, Positive Animal Training, Psychology, science, Technology

Dogs learn best with treats. What about horses?

Most dog trainers today understand the value of using treats. Dogs are more focused, learn faster, are more motivated and the results speak for themselves. If personal experience isn’t enough, a recent study even confirmed that dogs worked better for

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Posted in Dog training, Horse, Positive Animal Training, Training tools

What happens to fear if left untreated?

Barking, lunging, bolting, running away, tucking their tail, avoiding, etc. Dogs have many ways to express their fear. How we react in return will often determine whether they get over it or whether it gets worse. Some fears can be

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Fear, Positive Animal Training, Psychology

Confidence – the key ingredient to successful training

When the dog pays attention, a walk in the park or a training exercise are easy, fun and rewarding. When the dog spends the majority of the time looking for anything else to do besides focusing on the human, the

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

Yielding to pressure – From horses to dogs, an example of negative reinforcement

When teaching dogs new behaviors, we mostly focus on positive reinforcement, in other words, on adding something to the situation that will increase the chances of a particular behavior or aspect of a behavior to occur. Giving the dog a

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource

Punishment affects both the dog and the owner

Reward based training methods are slowly gaining in popularity among dog professionals including: trainers, veterinarians and behaviorists. But popular beliefs about the value of punishing for so-called ‘bad’ behaviors still run strong. In a society where we justify scolding, handing

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog training, Educational, Positive Animal Training, Resource, science
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