Tag: classical conditioning

Drooling Dog

Now that we know why our dog is barking at other dogs/people on walks and we have an idea of the best tools to use, let’s talk about what we actually need to DO to make it stop. Because the root of your dog’s reactivity is most likely fear (if it’s not, it’s frustration and that’s a bit of a different story), we have to get to that root, that emotion and change it before the outward behaviour can change.

This is where Pavlov comes in. It’s so simple, you might read this and smack your hand to your forehead.

What is it?

Counter conditioning is a simple, effective training technique to change a dog’s association with an object, animal, or person from a bad feeling to a good feeling.

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A pink, broken piggy bank.

I often imagine the dog training experience as a series of banking transactions – the visual really helps me to measure our work but also to gauge where we may have a deficit or where the dog has a need.

When we bring home a puppy, we often make a series of assumptions that can be quite harmful – how many times do we trainers hear “oh my dog is fine with that. I can [manhandle, groom, pick up, travel with, etc…] him and he doesn’t care.”. Every. Single. Day.

The challenge is this – there is a HUGE difference between tolerance and enjoyment and most of us don’t actively seek out the difference in every moment we spend with our dogs.

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