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Seriously, Stay out of My Bubble

Seriously, Stay out of My Bubble

Think about this for a moment. How comfortable are you when someone is in your “bubble?” You know, that invisible space around you that you consider your own. Some people consider their space needs wider than others, depending on their own...

Hello My Name Is

Hello My Name Is

Introducing dogs is not always an easy uncomplicated thing; some dogs are more sensitive than others. Even if your dog is a rock star at the dog park, s/he could feel very different about a new dog coming in to your home. I put together a few tips for you when...

Learn Boy’s Best Trick

Learn Boy’s Best Trick

One of my favorite tricks that Boy performed was "Are you Shy?" I thought you'd enjoy getting tricky and trying out this fun, favorite cue. TEACHING "ARE YOU SHY?" TRICK Place a small piece of rolled tape on the top of your dog’s snout. Cue your dog to lie down so he...

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In these clips I am teaching Lola “Kennel Up” Cue based on my game, detailed in Gotta Go!”

This game uses a process called shaping” (taking a complex behavior and breaking it down into smaller pieces). Shaping is a solid technique for teaching cues because dogs have to think for themselves. You can see from clip 1 to clip 2 the progression. I am using the clicker to “mark” very small behaviors like gradually increasing the amount of Lola’s body in the kennel, even leaning forward, and sometimes duration in the kennel.

Ideally I would keep sessions 3 minutes or less when you are working with a shaping exercise and always end on a good note.

When teaching dogs to use the “doggy door bell” as an elimination cue, I also use the process of shaping. It is key to mark (or click) very small behaviors, rather than waiting for a large “ta-da” type behavior, like the puppy moving toward the bell, slightly touching the bell (with any part of his/her body), etc. Then you are can start fine tuning what behaviors you are marking like the loudness of the ring, for example.

Please note when teaching the doggy door bell as an elimination cue that there are steps in the training process and must be followed to experience success with this cue. If the pet guardian doesn’t follow through with all steps, the dog can associate ringing the bell with going outside to play, not eliminating. Please follow the step-by-step process in my book, “Gotta Go!” I want to be sure to set you both up for success!


Don’t you love it when new and better things coming?! I am updating the clips on teaching the “heel” cue using a target stick and “let’s go” cue. Check back soon!

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