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Shaping and Targeting

Targeting vs. Luring

Soon after learning that a click marks the exact behavior and tells the animal what earned its reward, newcomers to clicker training wonder how to go about getting that clickable behavior. On this point, the answer they hear depends on whom they ask.

Ignorance is Bliss: Real-World Use of Modifiers with a Search & Rescue Dog

A search-and-rescue start

Spin the Bottle—with Your Dog!

Does your dog have the winter blues?

How to Survive Puppy Teething and Nipping

Ouch!

I am firmly convinced that the evolutionary process made puppies adorable so that we would overlook the fact that their mouths are full of razor blades—blades they do not hesitate to put to frequent use. Nipping and chewing rank high on the puppy parenting complaint list, and are symptoms of teething, a developmental stage associated with both human and canine infants.

How to Teach Your Pet to Target

Picture the possibilities

Imagine teaching your dog to put his hind feet—just his hind feet—on a mat. Or, imagine teaching your cat to give a high-five.