Rewarding Your Dog

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:51

Sometimes (a lot of times) when people bring their dog for training it's because the dog is not doing what the human wants.

Does the dog understand the desired behavior? Is the dog able to produce the desired behavior? Can the dog associate the behavior with the command? Does the desired behavior earn a better reward than other options?

If you were offered a job that payed better, payed more often, had better working conditions, greater chances for success, and more interesting and meaningful work, wouldn't you take it? And what if you were paid in cash?

Herding Airplanes

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:31

At a job site some years ago I met someone with two Border Collies who were frantic. They were running around as though they were having an anxiety attack, looking for anything they could make move. The first time I saw them focus on anything was when an airplane flew past. And the dogs tried to herd it, too. The fact that the airplane did not comply with their direction appeared to add to their distress.

I asked the owner what was happening and he replied, "Oh, that's just the way they are, they're a little crazy."

Why Train Your Dog? July 11, 2018

Submitted by wabniaq-k9 on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 11:40

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm

Free Presentation Santa Fe LaFarge Public Library
1730 Llano Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico

It used to seem like once upon a time dogs were just dogs. We grew up, we had dogs and we didn't even think of enrolling in formal training. But times have changed, and now we know that without training, life can be chaotic and unpredictable with our canine companions.

So... why train? What can we expect from training? What different kinds of training are out there?