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Don’t Shame The Kindness Out Of Them

March 31st, 2022|Aversive Training, Problem Behavior, Training|

I should start by saying that my parents were kind people. They modeled being helpful and supportive of people who might struggle in the world because they were different from the other people in their family or community. They gave me a puppy for my birthday when I was 16, which makes them just about ...

It’s Not Just Behavior Modification

March 24th, 2022|Behavior Modification, Dog training|

Talking About Training It's not uncommon to hear trainers talking about using behavior modification to train. It's likely due to habit and a lack of familiarity with the progression in the ways we use operant conditioning to teach new skills. Behavior modification refers to some of the early, basic and often unethical practices based on ...

When We Know Better We Do Better

March 13th, 2022|Training|

Learn with us at Lemon's Hope Sanctuary Working with problem behaviors requires more than simply following a protocol. You need to be able to wrap your head around a number of concepts, some that might seem in opposition to each other. The idea that using positive reinforcement to train is a good thing. It has ...

Drive Is A Figure Of Speech

February 27th, 2021|Behavior Modification, Dog training|

When I think about all the different dog breeds, and the way people talk about them-this breed being more challenging, more driven, more one thing or another compared to others- it's helpful to bring it back to behavior and reinforcement. Different breeds find certain activities or consequences to be more or less reinforcing. When ...