Training

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Good training is something you do with an animal not to an animal.

Marine mammal trainers popularized the use of Positive Reinforcement Training in their work many years ago. They quickly discovered that when you work with large animals, you simply cannot force them to do anything they don’t want to do. It’s now the training method of choice for anyone who works with large animals. You can see examples of Positive Reinforcement Training in almost any zoo in the world – it’s how the keepers teach basic husbandry skills. The result are animals who willingly and without restraint stand for examinations, vaccinations, teeth cleaning, etc. The most noticeable change in the animals themselves is how drastically their stress levels have lowered.

In the picture above, you see a beautiful example of the relationship you can create when you work with an animal. Bandolero is a young stallion, typically an animal people are wary of being around – often thought of as unpredictable and hard to control. Here he is with Lisa learning to “down” on a hand signal through the use of Clicker Training – he has no equipment on and is completely relaxed. Just imagine the things you can accomplish with your dog – the possibilities are literally endless!

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Force Free Training 

What is it?  Different methods and training techniques explained.  What makes it the fastest and most efficient training method for working with animals.

Mental Exercise 

Why is it so critically important for your dog?  Articles, ideas and photos on ways to offer fun, mentally stimulating activities to your dog.

General Information and Training Articles 

General articles on dogs and dog training.  Specific information on Puppies, Adolescents and Adult Dogs.

Dominance and Pack Mentality 

The Myth of the “Dominance”, “Alpha” and “Pack” terms that are regularly and inaccurately applied to dogs and dog training.  Where did this myth come from and why does it still continue 20 years after it has been disproved?