“Successive Approximation”, or “Shaping”, is a highly useful and proven technique to train your Service Dog for any tasks. Well worth reading!
Pet ownership represents a large emotional – and financial – commitment. Whether you buy from a pet store or a breeder, adopt an animal from a shelter, or take in a stray, initial costs are just the beginning of the story.
This guide for the folks at thesimpledollar.com examines the different costs associated with pet ownership and helps you know what to expect, how to plan for these expenses, and potential ways to reduce the financial burden of pet ownership.
Source: Does Your Pet Have a Fever?
So freaking simple. So amazing. This is how it all works.
Like many great scientific advances, Pavlovian conditioning (aka classical conditioning) was discovered accidentally.
During the 1890s Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov was looking at salivation in dogs in response to being fed, when he noticed that his dogs would begin to salivate whenever he entered the room, even when he was not bringing them food. At first this was something of a nuisance (not to mention messy!).
Read more at Pavlov’s Dogs | Simply Psychology
PLEASE remember to protect your Service Dog’s paws in the upcoming heat (and when there is extreme cold). This product is absolutely wonderful. Instead of trying to get your dog to wear booties, which can be cumbersome, just apply a thin coating of the Musher’s Secret to their paws and let it sit for about 5 minutes. It forms a protective barrier on the dog’s paws that truly works. It can be purchased here, on Amazon, at Walmart, etc.
Operant Conditioning versus Classical Conditioning. Service Dog Express (SDE) uses both.
Although a basic feature of operant conditioning is reinforcement, classical conditioning relies more on association between stimuli and responses. A second distinction is that much of operant conditioning is based on voluntary behavior, while classical conditioning often involves involuntary reflexive behavior. HOWEVER, although operant conditioning works extremely well, SDE NEVER supports punishment. Withholding praise is NOT the same as punishment. A very important distinction.
Check out more at: Key Differences Between Classical and Operant Conditioning
Next time you’re shopping in the produce aisle of the grocery store, you may want to add some some fruits and veggies for you and your canine to your cart. From carrots and broccoli to apples and cantaloupe, these snacks are low-calorie, yummy and safe to feed your pup as long as they are prepared correctly and given in moderation. I even have a special trick for giving canines bananas without the mess!
Check it out: Video: Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs
I highly recommend this book, by the amazing Canine Behaviorist, Patricia McConnell. It chronicles her own path of dealing with trauma, and how working with her dog, Will, also a with a history of trauma, helped turn them both from “victims” to “survivors”. I am sure it is also available on Amazon.
A powerful, soul-searching memoir about the journey Patricia takes together with a troubled puppy to change being “a victim” into being “a survivor.
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