My Training
I've had a good education, if I do say so myself.  Luckily for me, my people choose to forego the traditional choke collar style of "training". I do much better with positive reinforcement like clicking & treating when I guess right; pretty soon I figured out what they were trying to say. (Soon after I learned enough English to understand them--and to create this page). Schoolin' helped shape my behavior, and while I'm not perfect yet, my people have learned a little "dog" and can clue me without hitting or yelling, which is very un-doglike.
I'd like to thank these folks for making me a better dog.

The Bureau of Parks & Recreation for providing nice places to run free & chase squirrels. Since most parks here aren't "leash-free", I make sure to pay attention to my people when they tell me to come or get out of the way when a jogger threatens to run me down. If us dogs learn some basic manners, we can get along with the people just fine (without the fines).
Animal School provides classes from Puppy 101 (where I honed my socialization skills), to the Basic Obedience series, to Agility. Unfortunately, they are now defunct, but you should be able to find positive reinforcement classes just about anywhere.
Auntie Tracey & Auntie Sally are private trainers. I got to know Auntie Zoe and she impressed me when she whipped out that clicker & some kind treats and convinced me to do stuff I hadn't even thought of. Toss out that choke collar and get on-board the Clicker Train
A book that really opened my eyes was, "On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals" by Turid Rugaas. She explained alot of the things I do without even thinking about it when I meet other dogs. This has really helped my people figure out dog body-language. Now they can tell when I am anxious and can read a strange dog almost as fast as I can. You can find this great book at Dogwise, just search by title or author.

[ Home ]   [ Adoption ]   [ BARF ]   [ Remodeling Scrapbook ]