4 Approaches to Behavior Change Protocol

4 Approaches to Behavior Change Protocol

When it comes to changing an existing undesirable response to stimuli there are four approaches to be considered. There are two types of habituation: Flooding and Desensitization, and two types of counter-conditioning: Classical Counter-conditioning and Operant Counter-conditioning. In this short article, I define these techniques, but please consider that this is a quick introduction to…

The Labradoodle: Best Dog for Allergies

The Labradoodle: Best Dog for Allergies

Though the Labradoodle is not considered a proper breed, it is a popular crossbred dog that was created by crossing the Labrador Retriever with the Standard Poodle. Though the term Labradoodle appears to have been around since the 1950s, it was made official by Wally Cochran in Australia in the 1970s. Cochran was inspired by…

Dog Trick: “Give Kisses” by Niki Perry

Dog Trick: “Give Kisses” by Niki Perry

Getting Started You will need a snack pack of treats for this exercise. Each step will consist of 10 repetitions. Count out 10 treats beforehand so you can keep track of your success. Be sure to keep your training sessions short and fun to keep your dog interested in the game of training. 1. Nose-Touch…

How Dog Behavior Can be Influenced by Health

How Dog Behavior Can be Influenced by Health

I have spent the last 11 years studying behaviourism and applied behaviour analysis in order to create a comprehensive model for the systematic application of philosophy, methodology, and theory to observe communication and influence more socially acceptable behaviour in dogs. My Behavior Consulting Practice has been exclusively maintained through science and with very little consideration…

10 Reasons Why Punishment Fails in Dog Training

10 Reasons Why Punishment Fails in Dog Training

I am often asked if I ever use corrections during training exercises with my animals. And in short the answer is “no”, however there are times when it would be appropriate to interrupt a particular undesirable behavior and by definition this would be punishment. But my goal with an interruption is to create a pause…