Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2012’

Selective Suppression For Successful Working And Performance Dogs.


When raising a sporting, service or performance dog there is a common misconception that inhibiting a dog’s expression of instinct towards one stimulus will have an unavoidable negative effect to all other expressions of that instinct. Consider that if this were true then we would have to let our dogs chase car tyres on the main road, be aggressive to …

Read More

Partial Science Packaged As The Whole Truth And Wrapped In A Healthy Layer Of Guilt.


Positive reinforcement is only one of four options that a trainer can apply in shaping and modifying behaviour. The higher the skill and experience levels of the dog trainer, the more ability the trainer has to appropriately apply each of the 4 options  in a way that is best suited to the individual dogs temperament, and in a way that …

Read More