Intro To Dogs 11-22-18 Session One

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Thu, 11/22/2018 - 19:43

History of Dogs and Humans -- Dogs have evolved together with humans for about 12,000 to 14,000 years. As a result, they are able to understand us very well. While they don't understand human language, they can read our intent in our voice, our touch, and our body language or posture and movement. They can associate sounds or movements with behaviors, and they can use those behaviors to earn rewards and be in relationship with us.


Rewarding Your Dog

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:51

Sometimes (a lot of times) when people bring their dog for training it's because the dog is not doing what the human wants.

Does the dog understand the desired behavior? Is the dog able to produce the desired behavior? Can the dog associate the behavior with the command? Does the desired behavior earn a better reward than other options?

If you were offered a job that payed better, payed more often, had better working conditions, greater chances for success, and more interesting and meaningful work, wouldn't you take it? And what if you were paid in cash?

Herding Airplanes

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:31

At a job site some years ago I met someone with two Border Collies who were frantic. They were running around as though they were having an anxiety attack, looking for anything they could make move. The first time I saw them focus on anything was when an airplane flew past. And the dogs tried to herd it, too. The fact that the airplane did not comply with their direction appeared to add to their distress.

I asked the owner what was happening and he replied, "Oh, that's just the way they are, they're a little crazy."

Seven Habits Of Well-Behaved Dogs -- Habit #1

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Tue, 10/09/2018 - 13:29

Whether we’re talking about high-performance working dogs or enjoyable pets, there are certain common factors shared by healthy, well-behaved dogs. Here are seven of them, we'll discuss one a week so please check back.

Habit #1 -- Their person is the most interesting thing in the world.


Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:43

If we form the conditions for wellness, that is what tends to happen. Some of those conditions are, in no particular order:

1. appropriate social structure

2. discipline and training

3. humane treatment

4. safety/security

5. establishing and maintaining trust

6. clear communication

7. nutrition


Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:40

What can we communicate and how?

Dogs communicate a tremendous amount of information to other dogs through scent and sound, but we as humans still don’t know how to use that effectively. Human language can be expressive (stub your toe, nobody in the room) or communicative (giving instructions), the observable behavioral language of dogs is both. 

Canine Discipline & Training

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 17:39

“Discipline” is a scary word for some people. Given the experience some of us had with public education, and in the workplace, this is not surprising. In those cases, it’s likely that “discipline” meant something a lot like “punishment” but that’s not what we’re talking about here. 

In this case, it’s about being able to exercise a sufficient amount of control to produce socially appropriate and desirable behaviors. One of the immediately apparent implications is that discipline is a given -– the only choice we have is whether it is self-imposed or externally imposed.

Appropriate Social Structure

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Sat, 06/30/2018 - 13:37

Dogs are at once surprisingly complex and simple; they live in a rich world, but if we satisfy some basic needs they tend to do quite well. Dogs are social creatures, and right after food, water, and shelter, their social life is crucially important. Many of the behavior problems I see are the result of inappropriate social structure.