So what does positive reinforcement have to do with voting during an election? Well, in theory, voting should be inherently reinforcing because we should feel motivated to participate in our democracy. But we all know this isn’t the case. Our lack of motivation is proof that the need is really that immediate—it’s direct reinforcement that modifies behavior.
As I write this, I can hear the whistle of my dog breathing, with the occasional snort and wiggle to relieve the itching. Miles Davis is thirteen years old, with Cushing’s Disease, sore joints, and a weak heart (only physically, of course). While I’m still trying to figure this out, I thought it would be helpful to share the ways I’ve learned to minimize stress for my aging or sickly dog.
If you are a dog owner, I’m sure you know the overwhelming feeling of wandering through the aisles of a pet supply store, or pouring over the thousands of options for collars, leashes, and harnesses online. Well, those days are over, because we have done the work for you! Here's a helpful list of dog collars, leashes, and harnesses for dogs that we have put to the test.
As I write this, I just finished a bowl of Mint Chip ice cream and I am considering a second. Or maybe I should just eat the whole carton? The fact that I am even stopping to think about it shows some impulse control. Though if I fail to resist the temptation to grab that whole carton and finish it right now, that would definitely show a lack of impulse control. We all experience impulse control (or a lack there of) on a daily basis, and so do our dogs!
Play is one of the best ways to bond with your dog, build trust, and tire that pooch out so you can both snuggle up and watch Netflix. Of course, there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to play, so read on to ensure you are providing your dog with the best forms of play. These games are guaranteed to enrich your dog's life and build your relationship!
‘Tis the season … to justify spending all your money on your pups! If you’re anything like me, you’ve already dressed them in ugly Christmas sweaters, baked them doggy-safe holiday biscuits, and danced with them to “Let it Snow.” Are you wondering what you can get them to make their holiday season even more magical? You’re in luck! We’ve done the work for you and put together this awesome holiday gift guide for dogs and dog lovers alike, guaranteed to make your darling jump for joy!
Is your dog fearful, anxious, or reactive? All of the above? When you go to a movie, do you check your phone every 30 minutes, afraid you’ll get a call from the neighbors that your dog has been crying, or worse—jumped out the window? If this sounds like a day in your life with your pooch, they are suffering from excessive, unhealthy stress, which can also put your dog’s physical health at risk. We've got some great tips to help manage your dog's anxiety and stress!
“The most amazing thing about training a German Shepherd is they are smart. The most annoying thing about training a German Shephard is they are smart,” says Trainer Kyle Kittleson. Most likely you are not going to be enrolling your German Shepherd into the police academy, but they still need a job to be fully engaged and happy in your family life. Kyle will teach you how to raise a happy German Shepherd.
Do you know what positive reinforcement is? Have you been hearing this buzz word in dog training circles? Head trainer and founder, Mary Tully, teaches you everything you need to know about positive reinforcement and techniques to introduce positive reinforcement techniques into your relationship with your dog.
Montreal recently passed a breed-based ban on the Pit Bull breed, and sadly, they aren't alone: over the last three decades, several hundred U.S. cities and towns have passed breed-based laws like Montreal’s. Are Pit Bulls dangerous? Are they unpredictable? It's time to discuss and debunk these myths once and for all.