Dog Discoveries

Dog Word of the Day: Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

  In dog training a variable ratio reinforcement schedule, also known as intermittent reinforcement schedule, is one form of several reinforcement schedules. Reinforcement schedules are the rules that pertain “how many or which responses will be reinforced” (Burch, Bailey 1999).  A variable ratio reinforcement schedule is the schedule that follows a continuous reinforcement schedule. There … Read more

The Stages of Learning in Dogs

Learning in Dogs

  Understanding the stages of learning in dogs permits a deeper knowledge into what happens in the dog’s brain when it is in an active learning state. When learning a new task or behavior, complex processes in the brain occur in response to practice and muscle memory and this yields to significant changes in the … Read more

Stop Petting a Dog While Eating

Petting a Dog While Eating

  Petting a dog or puppy while eating is advice that has been suggested for some time in order to prevent or reduce food aggression, but this practice can turn out being counterproductive and even downright dangerous. Sure, let’s face it: those giving out this advice may have good intentions, the goal perhaps being getting … Read more

Discovering German Shepherd Coat Colors

German Shepherd Coat Colors

  German shepherd coat colors are surely interesting to discover. The staple coat color of the German shepherd dog breed is the quintessential black and tan coat, but at a closer insight, there are a variety of German shepherd coat colors and variations that are very attractive and quite unique.  Discovering all these German shepherd … Read more

Problems with Repeating Commands in Dog Training

Repeating Commands in Dog Training

  Repeating commands in dog training is one big mistake many dog owners make and this habit can really put a dent into any progress made in dog training. For very good reasons, “never repeat a command twice” is one of the essential rules dog trainers will never get tired of repeating enough (pun intended!). But … Read more

How to Stop a Puppy From Biting Feet and Hands

Puppy Biting Feet and Hands

  Many puppy owners wonder how to stop a puppy from biting feet and hands and the answer is that it often takes a multi-faceted approach. One good place to start preventing rehearsal of undesirable behaviors. This means that one important step is to prevent the rough biting of hands and feet from happening in … Read more

Reasons Why Yelping Doesn’t Always Stop Puppy Biting

Stop Puppy Biting

  Yelping doesn’t always stop puppy biting. Many new puppy owners are often advised by dog trainers and experienced dog owners to yelp to stop a puppy from biting. These puppy owners are obviously frustrated though when they notice that yelping doesn’t stop puppy biting as hoped. While this technique may help with some pups, … Read more

“I Train With a Shock Collar and My Dogs Look Happy”

Train With a Shock Collar

  “I train with a shock collar and my dogs look happy. You should really see the dogs I train, they are wagging their tails and really look forward to their training. “Really? And what proof do you have to back that up? Are you saying that your dog is pleading you to be shocked … Read more

Ironic, Funny Chihuahua Dog Names

Chihuahua Dog Names

  Ironic, funny Chihuahua dog names bring a smile to people’s faces and will leave quite an impact on those who are fortunate to meet your furry friend. Sorting through ironic, funny Chihuahua dog names may feel challenging at times. Getting those creative juices flowing requires a good amount of imagination and who feels like … Read more

Dog Word of the Day: Suburban Dog Syndrome

Suburban Dog Syndrome

  Many dog owners who live in the country or suburban areas may have dogs suffering from what dog trainer Jean Donaldson calls “suburban dog syndrome.” Many dog owners may assume that the dog is just acting territorial or protective or that the behavior stems from a genetic propensity in certain breeds with a tendency … Read more

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