Category Archives: How Dogs Learn

Five Training Fouls to Avoid

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT We do our best teaching (training) when we set our dogs up to succeed. We make it easy for our dogs to get it right – to perform the tasks we want to reinforce. Once we build … Continue reading

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Human Centered Dog Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Yes, good dog training is mostly about teaching the human. And, there’s absolutely no shame in that. All the stuff our dogs do, their behavior, is largely influenced by their external environment. Some would say behavior … Continue reading

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Dog Bite Prevention

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA None of us expects our dogs to bite. Even folks who have dogs who’ve bitten before are still sometimes surprised by their dog’s behavior. The reason is simple. Most dogs don’t bite, and those who do … Continue reading

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The Allure of Punishment

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ll start with a bold statement of my opinion. It is normal for us humans to feel compelled to punish our dogs when they do something we don’t like. Normal. Punishment, by definition, makes the behavior … Continue reading

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Correcting Unwanted Behavior with Positive Reinforcement

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA It seems like a contradiction. How do we eliminate our dog’s misbehavior with positive reinforcement? The first step is to focus on what you want your dog to do rather than on what you don’t want … Continue reading

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10 Practical Reasons to Teach Your Dog “Sit”

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA “Sit” may be one of the most undervalued things we teach our dog. Everyone teaches it, and just about every dog can get really good at it. So, let’s start applying it in situations that count. This … Continue reading

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Food is not a Four Letter Word

Michael Baugh CPDT-KSA, CDBC The question isn’t whether or not you can train your dog with food.  That’s pretty much a no-brainer.  Author and long-time animal trainer Dr. Grey Stafford put it best.  “If you’ve ever fed your dog, you’ve … Continue reading

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The Truth About Humping

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA CDBC Lots of dogs hump.  For people who live with those dogs, it can be embarrassing and upsetting.  We humans aren’t comfortable talking about things related to sex, especially when our beloved dogs are being indiscreet in … Continue reading

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In Tad We Trust

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC I get to see Tad again tomorrow, and the anticipation has had me thinking about the brilliant truth of teaching and learning. Given the right set of circumstances, a learner will tend toward making the right … Continue reading

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Something to Chew On

Michael Baugh CPDT-KA, CDBC Dogs chew.  It’s not just a puppy thing either.  Dogs actually chew throughout their lifetime.  It helps pass the time, keep their teeth clean and diffuse stress.  More than that, it appears to be fun and … Continue reading

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