We’re moving and our pets are freaking out

Moving house is such a stressful time, and sometimes accompanied by other stressors like changing jobs or loss (death or...

Be an opportunist in your training

Be an opportunist in your training

I decided to hang out with Roxy for a bit in the morning sun today. As she was doing her “patrols”,...

Reward schedules

Reward schedules

Last week I talked about routine searching, and one of the things I suggested to help break it if needed...

Trick: Shake, give paw or high five

Trick: Shake, give paw or high five

I’m a big fan of this. A good solid “paw” can really help with handling and nail trims. Check out...

Extinction burst, aka it’s going to get worse before it gets better

Extinction burst, aka it’s going to get worse before it gets better

An extinction burst occurs when a previously reinforced behaviour stops being reinforced. That is, something that worked for the dog...

Introducing a dog to a cat (or vice-versa)

Introducing a dog to a cat (or vice-versa)

I did promise some time ago to do something on introducing cats and dogs, and I thought now might be...

Reward delivery

Reward delivery

We sometimes find when we’re training our dogs, they seem to be focussing only on where the reward is coming...

Awareness of self

Awareness of self

It’s important to be aware of what we are doing physically and where we are emotionally when working on training...

Be flexible with your motivators

Be flexible with your motivators

I’ve previously posted about finding the right motivator. Remember that the dog or cat chooses what’s motivating (or reinforcing), and...

Trimming nails

Trimming nails

For both dogs and cats it’s sometimes necessary for us to intervene and trim their nails or claws. Letting nails...