DOG TRAINING & BEHAVIOR

 

"Good training needs a kind heart as
well as a cool and well-informed head..."


-- Konrad Most

 

 

 

 

 

TYPES OF DOG TRAINING

 

          Housetraining
           (Brandy and Joe)

          Successful Housetraining
          (Robin Kovary)

TRAINING METHODS AND TECHNIQUES
 

"There is a considerable portion of dog training which is actually thinly disguised abuse. It has little to do with education of an animal, but it does have a lot to do with our egos, our assignment of importance to relatively unimportant actions, and our own deeply seated beliefs about animals. Humane training begins with a critical look at the premises and assumptions which undergird many traditional approaches. We become better trainers by refusing to swallow uncritically what is tossed to us as truth, by developing our powers of empathy and observation, and by searching for better ways to teach and educate the dogs we love."


-- Suzanne Clothier


 
  • After-The-Fact Discipline
    Behaviorally unsound approach to correcting undesirable behavior(s).  After-the-fact punishment is NOT an effective way to correct undesirable behaviors (such as destructive chewing or housesoiling accidents, which occur when the owner is absent or unaware). NOT recommended.

     
  • Clicker Training
    Developed by noted animal behaviorist Karen Pryor. Excellent, motivational  method of teaching and reinforcing desired behaviors.

     
  • Eclectic Training Method
    A combination of different methods, with a specific emphasis on whichever  method(s) are best suited to each individual dog being trained.

     
  • Koehler Method
    Heavy-handed, compulsion-style dog obedience training method developed by William Koehler. Some of his problem-solving and disciplinary techniques are extremely harsh (which we do NOT recommend.)  Strong emphasis on compulsion and physical correction, as well as after-the-fact discipline.

     
  • Lure Training
    Uses an object of attraction (toys, treats, etc.) to teach obedience commands  (such as "Sit", "Down", "Heel", etc.). Lure is gradually phased out. Excellent  motivational way to teach commands using or incorporating hand signals. Often proves very successful where other methods fail. Highly recommended for puppies, sensitive or timid dogs, as well as aggressive and "difficult"  dogs.

     
  • Playtraining
    Motivational training method that incorporates both play and prey drives. Recommended for many dogs.

     
  • Target Wand Training
    Developed by noted animal behaviorist and dog trainer Gary Wilkes. Excellent, "non-force" training method. Works well with puppies and dogs of all ages.

     

DOG BEHAVIOR

  • Aggressiontwo dogs sitting on the front steps
     
  • Aversive
     
  • Blocking
     
  • Conditioned Reinforcer
     
  • Conditioning
     
  • Consequence
     
  • Backwards Chaining
     
  • Behavior Modification
     
  • Classical Conditioning
     
  • Conditioned Reinforcer
     
  • Conditioned Stimulus (CS)
     
  • Contingency
     
  • Counterconditioning
     
  • Deprivation
     
  • Desensitizing
     
  • Discriminative Stimulus (SD)
     
  • Extinction
     
  • Habituation
     
  • Learned Irrelevance
     
  • Learning Theory
     
  • Negative Punishment
     
  • Negative Reinforcement
     
  • Neutral Stimulus
     
  • Operant Conditioning (OC)
     
  • Overshadowing
     
  • Phobias
     
  • Positive Punishment
     
  • Positive Reinforcement
     
  • Primary Reinforcer
     
  • Prompting
     
  • Reward
     
  • Secondary Reinforcer
     
  • Shaping
     
  • Stimulus
     
  • Variable Schedule of Reinforcement (VRS)

     

THE DRIVES

  • Defense
     
  • Fight
     
  • Food
     
  • Maternal
     
  • Pack
     
  • Play
     
  • Prey
     
  • Sexual

     

TYPES OF AGGRESSION

  • Displacementaggressive dog
     
  • Dominance
     
  • Fear-Elicited
     
  • Intra-Male
     
  • Intra-Species
     
  • Maternal
     
  • Object Possessive
     
  • Pain-Elicited
     
  • Predatory
     
  • Territorial
     

 

 

 

 

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Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director
 and canine behavioral consultant.