Using ‘clickers’ in animal training has been around since the 1940’s, but they didn’t catch on in popularity until recent years. In the 1990’s, Karen Pryor, one of the most respected figures in dog training, popularized their use as a positive training tool.
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It’s easy to assume that all Austin dog trainers might be cut from the same cloth. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
We’ve previously discussed why crates are like comfy caves for your dogs. Now we want to tell you how to properly crate train your puppy, so they fall in love with their little cave.
Have you ever wondered whether your pooch loves your praise or that tasty treat more? Well a recent study seems to suggest that it may be a soothing voice that your dog really wants.
Crates are “Comfy Caves” to your puppy, NOT the “Evil Cages” that they can be portrayed as. When crate training is done properly, there are tons of benefits it can provide for both dog and owner.
Agility was created in 1977 by John Varley as a spectator sport intended to fill downtime at dog competitions. Now, Agility has its own world championship and is the fastest growing dog sport in the United States.
Teaching your dog new tricks is fun, exciting, and incredibly rewarding. Training your dog is also the first step towards building a strong human-dog bond
Bonding with your dog happens through training almost automatically. So, I thought writing this would be a cinch. However, after thinking through how our clients approach training, I realized a lot of dog owners and dog lovers get caught up in the how of training and not the why. It’s understandable, because we think about getting visible results when we invest in training. One result we don’t immediately consider is how we can improve our human-dog bond exponentially by going through dog training together.
It may be tempting to toss your dog a treat when you just want to show them some love. Unfortunately, if your dog isn’t working for their treat, then you’re missing out on valuable training time. Even worse, your dog may begin to expect treats and develop unwanted demanding behavior.
Here’s our motto for treats: nothing for free.
Your dog won’t be upset at you for making them earn their treat, they’re going to love it. Using treats this way allows you to reinforce positive behaviors and enables your dog to have fun learning how to get that next treat.
The Key To Effective Treat Giving: Random Variable Rewards
You don’t want to give your dog the same treats for the same behaviors repeatedly. Think of yourself as a (generous) dog treat slot machine. Sometimes the treat is a ball or a pat on the head instead of a normal treat. Sometimes the treat is a bit of chicken, bologna, or cheese. Sometimes there’s just no treat.