‘Tutorials and How-To Guides’ Archive

How to Teach Your Dog Self-Control Around Food: VIDEO February 23, 2015 Comments Off

In my last blog post about self-control versus imposed control for dogs, I explained that I do not teach “leave it” to my dogs. Instead, I train my dogs to wait for permission to take food, objects, or anything else they want. Here is a quick video demonstration of how I train dogs to have […]

Puppy Nipping: A Plan to Stop It March 6, 2014 Comments Off

Puppy nipping is one of the most frustrating behaviors that new owners report. It hurts! But you’ll see a big reduction in puppy nipping in a short period just by getting some human cooperation. Let’s start by examining why your puppy is putting his mouth on things. I don’t like to spend a ton of […]

How Can I Prevent My Puppy From Becoming Fearful of Thunderstorms? June 29, 2013 Comments Off

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Ain’t that the truth! Owners who have lived with or known a dog that was terrified of fireworks or thunderstorms often as if there is any way to help make sure their new puppy doesn’t suffer the same fate. If you have a new puppy or […]

Stop Free-Feeding: How to Feed Your Dog Regular Meals June 17, 2013 Comments Off

One of the first management recommendations I make to my clients is to stop “free-feeding” their dog. Free-feeding means leaving a bowl of dog food on the ground for hours at a time, if not all day long, rather than giving the dog regularly scheduled meals which need to be eaten immediately. Here are some […]

Does Your Dog Have Self Control? (Plus: A Secret!) October 1, 2012 2 Comments

For the last six weeks I have blogged about the topic of self control at Dog Savvy, my WickedLocal community blog. These blog posts and accompanying videos discuss jumping on people, climbing on furniture, and stealing food. Here’s the full list: Self control vs. imposed control for dogs: “Leave It”: ““No!” “Leave it!” “Off!” These […]

How to Get Behavior: Targeting March 21, 2012 Comments Off

Now it is time to wrap up my series on “How to Get Behavior” with targeting! Targeting is like a hybrid between the three methods I have already explained: luring, capturing, and shaping. Here’s why. How to Target First, you must use capturing and/or shaping to teach your dog to touch or follow a target […]

How to Get Behavior: Capturing March 16, 2012 1 Comment

Over the last few days, I have written about shaping and luring here on Spring Forth Dog Blog. My next topic is capturing, which is a pretty simple, straightforward way to get behavior! How to Capture Simply put, capturing involves waiting for the dog to do the ENTIRE behavior you are looking for by himself […]

How to Get Behavior: Luring March 12, 2012 Comments Off

Last week I started off my series on “How to Get Behavior” with shaping. Now I’m going to explain a bit about luring and how to use a lure to teach behavior. The term luring refers to the use of a desired reward to coax the dog into achieving the desired behavior. The “desired reward” […]

How to Get Behavior: Shaping March 7, 2012 2 Comments

When it comes to positive reinforcement based clicker training, there are four major ways of getting behavior: shaping, luring, targeting and capturing. There are other ways, including physical modeling, but they have limited applications and are rarely by most positive reinforcement trainers. In this post, I’ll address shaping, and later this month, I’ll follow-up with […]

Creative Puppy Socialization November 26, 2011 Comments Off

Good puppy socialization requires a bit of creativity. In this post, I’ll give you some suggestions for getting your new addition “out and about” in the real world. Remember that when working with your puppy, your goal should always be exposure without overwhelming him. We want your puppy to experience novel things without getting scared […]