How To Stop Your English Shepherd Dog from Jumping on Visitors

Black and Tan English Shepherd

This guide provides a step-by-step approach to using differential reinforcement of incompatible behaviors (DRI) to train dogs to stop jumping on visitors. By teaching and reinforcing an incompatible behavior, such as sitting, owners can effectively reduce unwanted behaviors in their dogs. Consistency, patience, and practice are essential in achieving success with this training method. … Read more

How Do Dogs Learn?

Our dogs learn in the same way that every animal learns, with the added advantage of being able to understand the desires of their human cohabitants. (Ha, 2019) Operant Conditioning Operant conditioning is a type of learning that occurs based on the associated rewards and punishments for behavior. There are four forms of operant learning, … Read more

Training for a Truck Ramp

Black and Tan English Shepherd

Liberty started training on the ramp at about 7 weeks old. We started with the ramp flat on the ground. We raised the angle up slowly. We got used to the sound of the diesel engine. During the whole process, we used marker training to reinforce behavior. Now at about 11 weeks, he enters and … Read more

Manding 501: Increase the Difficulty Level

Black and Tan English Shepherd

Focus and attention are core precepts of my manageable companion dog philosophy. That’s why I’m obsessed with manding. Once your dog or pup has manding down to a science, you’re probably getting asked for a lot of treats. That’s great. But according to Purina Senior Nutritionist Jan Dempsey, 90 percent of daily calories should come … Read more

Invisible Treat Pouch

I don’t believe in a visible treat pouch. With some dogs, I’ve seen the pouch become a distraction. For awhile I tried hanging the pouch from my belt on the back of my pants, but I found that location to be inaccessible. So instead, I carry treats in a sandwich bag in my pocket. I’ll … Read more

Focus and Attention Training

When stone cold Hawkeye was a pup, he was hard to convince.  We had problems with focus and distraction.  Hawkeye forced me to raise my game and learn training techniques to overcome the issue.  Since then, I’ve proofed these techniques on several dogs and found them to be effective at forming a well-focused, less distractable … Read more