Meanwhile, on the Internet (#5)

Teaching conceptual thinking: It’s not asking too much of your dog A really neat writeup summarizing a talk by Ken Ramirez about teaching dogs to think conceptually. Concept training takes the dog and trainer a step beyond normal training. Rather than a simple relation between a cue, a behavior, and a consequence (such as going around a certain sign on a certain street corner), the dog learns a broader rule or set of rules that can be applied to new

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#4)

Archaeological evidence of dogs in our history I love reading about all the history behind the dog-human relationship, and Wikipedia lists off several interesting archaeological finds. This one was my favourite: 26,000 years ago – 50-metre trail of footprints made by a boy of about ten years of age alongside those of a large canid. The size and position of the canid’s shortened middle toe in relation to its pads indicates a dog rather than a wolf. The footprints have

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#3)

Staying under threshold – finding the right pieces to the puzzle A nice piece on keeping your dog under threshold when you’re working together, something that I am always being instructed to keep in mind. What I learned is that moving slow, talking quietly and a tug/release game was very effective in getting my dog to focus on me and what I was asking of him. Stages of Engagement A nice three-part series by Denise Fenzi on excercises to do

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#2)

sue-eh.ca This whole website is gold. There are free ebooks with dog training anecdotes, as well as a really great dog training guide called training levels of which there is a free (out-dated but still good) and for-sale version. Agility and obedience warm-up and cool-down Really nice post about warming your dog up before asking them to do hard work, which makes perfect sense. No human athlete would be expected to perform without first preparing their body. Rounder’s off switch

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Shaping the Dumbbell Retrieve Loving this post! Lots of great video examples, accompanied by tons of good information on shaping behaviours, all in concise bullet points. It’s also just a neat skill for your dog to have, even if you’re not interested in competitive obedience. Does your dog REALLY want to be petted? Eileen is a great dog blogger in general and this post is one of her best. It features videos of dogs who both like and don’t like

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