Category Archives: How Dogs Learn

How We Feed Our Dogs Can Make Them Smarter

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Feeding our dogs from enrichment toys, toys that dispense food, can actually make them smarter. It definitely seems to make them happy. Puzzling out the food inspires activity and thought. A lot of trainers liken it to the … Continue reading

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Three Keys to Coming when Called

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Dog trainers like to say that coming-when-called is an odds game. If you called your dog right now, what are the odds he’d come? Would you place a bet on it? How much. Now, what if your … Continue reading

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Speed Up Your Training

We want stuff fast: food, coffee (definitely coffee), replies to our emails – the faster the better, right? We want to feel better quickly, advance in our careers quickly, stop being sad and get happy – quickly. We’re in a … Continue reading

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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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