Be More Dog - March 17, 2015
Science pushes us forward, makes us explore and deepens our understanding. What evolves from scientific studies is often limited by strict protocols
and test appropriate conditions. Applied directly we can inadvertently build
barriers between us and our dogs. It takes imagination and creativity to
transition the conclusions to real life with dogs.
This day is about listening to the science and blending it with a “be more
dog” approach. Taking the instinctive behaviours already active and waiting
within our dogs and using them to provide a range of solutions and
The Natural Recall, emerging from the dog’s passion to be a co-operative
Walk Away is Cool, avoiding confronting situations.
Give It More Thought - March 18, 2015
Are we moving towards B or running away from A?
Extinction and positive reinforcement are mirror images. How understanding
extinction improves positive reinforcement strategies.
detectives. Avoiding accidental extinction through thoughtful teaching of
planned default behaviours.
How to stimulate creativity with resurgence. Extinction can force a dog to
be “reactive”, but using the same protocols we can provide them
opportunities for creative solutions.
Practical: Teaching defaults for specific contingents, relieve the stress of
Negative Reinforcement or just relief?
A new view of traditional protocols.
Escape or avoidance surrounds us. Should be we looking at the emotional
intensity rather than positive or negative reinforcement? We may not pro-
actively use the strategy but that does not stop it working for us.
A shift in your mind set
We have inherited a training culture primarily based on diminishing, or
suppressing, unwanted behaviours in an effort to secure the behaviours we
seek. Just because we use positive reinforcement have we actually changed
our mind set or just added modern protocols to traditional views? Not so
much sniffing around the wrong tree as in completely the wrong neck of the