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Homeopathic Medicine by Dr. Marilyn Sthamann, CVH 01/22/2009
Running with your Dog by Coral Atnikov 09/21/2008
Crate Training by Coral Atnikov 09/03/2004
The crate is a valuable training tool. It helps with dog behavior problems as well as house training your dog or puppy. Use your clicker to help teach your dog how to go into his crate simply, easily, and without a battle. Crate training your dog or puppy will keep both your pup and your possessions safe while your dog is learning what is expected of him.
Learn how to talk to your dog using the clicker as a communication tool. Most behavior problems with your dog are the direct result of failing communication. Dogs don’t speak English, but with the clicker you can clearly teach your dog what you expect of him in a language that he can easily understand.
House Training by Coral Atnikov on 09/04/2004
House training your dog or pup is one of the first steps to having a happy home. The sooner you get your pup or dog house trained, the easier life becomes. Whether you are house training an adult dog or a puppy, the process relies of consistency, scheduling and awareness of where your dog is at all times. House training can be broken into two components, the first is ensuring that your pup has no accidents in the house.
Dog to dog aggression can cause problems; small annoyances or big blow outs. Depending on the severity of the condition, you may be able to manage the environment to keep your feisty Fido under control, or you may have to take stronger action.
Clicker Training by Coral Atnikov on 02/12/2007
Dogs learn by reinforcement and association. Every time a behavior is reinforced it gets stronger, and if a behavior never gets reinforced it will cease to exist. Reinforcement is anything that makes a behavior stronger, and a behavior can be reinforced many different ways.
86 Things to do with a box by Karen Pryor on 08/01/2002
This training game is derived from a dolphin research project in which I and others participated, "The creative porpoise: training for novel behavior," published in the Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior in 1969. It has become a favorite with dog trainers. It's especially good for "crossover" dogs with a long history of correction-based training, since it encourages mental and physical flexibility and gives the dog courage to try something on its own.
Why reward train your dog or puppy? (c) 2005-2007 Aidan Bindoff.
All puppies and dogs need some form of training. What's so good about Reward Training and why would we choose to Reward Train our dog or puppy?
"Clicker training" is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it.
Desirable behavior is usually marked by using a "clicker," a mechanical device that makes a short, distinct "click" sound which tells the animal exactly when they're doing the right thing. This clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement, is an effective, safe, and humane way to teach any animal any behavior that it is physically and mentally capable of doing.
Why don't Clicker Trainers use punishment as well as rewards?Frequently asked question about Clicker Training by Karen Pryor on 01/01/2000
Is a lot of experience required to clicker train successfully? Will clicker training work with my dog?My dog isn't food motivated, what do I do?