Learning Theory 101: Modern Training Techniques

Learning Theory 101: Modern Training Techniques

Behavior, Training

If you’re a fan of Animal Planet, National Geographic, or other cable and or streaming networks, you’ve probably seen one of the many animal training programs these stations broadcast. Methods used by the featured trainers range from positive reinforcement, such as using food and treats to strengthen a behavior, to aversive techniques such as positive […]

Little Dogs Have More Than Big Attitudes

Little Dogs Have More Than Big Attitudes

Training

The doorbell rang. We usually get our dogs out of the way before letting people in, so my husband, Tim, called out “Rosie, Place!” as he headed to the front door. Rosie sped to the bedroom, whipped around and held position at the open doorway. As Tim greeted our guests, Rosie waited until she heard […]

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Cat

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Cat

Exercise & Enrichment, Training

Cats can’t be trained. How many times have you heard that statement? I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. Most cats can–and should–learn how to do a few simple tricks. Some, such as coming when called, are useful, and others, such as giving a high five, are a fun form of enrichment for […]