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Canine Nation

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Because it matters how we work with our dogs.

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Because it matters how we work with our dogs.

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Essential

By k thomas d - Apr 04 2019
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This podcast has been instrumental in helping me understand my new pooch. I could never put my finger on what felt “off” about conventional training wisdom, and the conventional perspective of the human-dog relationship. This podcast has helped me cut through the cacophony of information out there, and hone in on some essential truisms about dogs, the species. It’s helped me train my dog, but also train myself to see him for what he is, not what I am.

On recall

By Fave pinner - Feb 28 2019
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I love learning from your podcast, and I just thought the episode on using Premack’s principle of reinforcement to work around the difficulty with recall was so clever! Thank you for sharing!

iTunes Ratings

17 Ratings
Average Ratings
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2
3
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2

Essential

By k thomas d - Apr 04 2019
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This podcast has been instrumental in helping me understand my new pooch. I could never put my finger on what felt “off” about conventional training wisdom, and the conventional perspective of the human-dog relationship. This podcast has helped me cut through the cacophony of information out there, and hone in on some essential truisms about dogs, the species. It’s helped me train my dog, but also train myself to see him for what he is, not what I am.

On recall

By Fave pinner - Feb 28 2019
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I love learning from your podcast, and I just thought the episode on using Premack’s principle of reinforcement to work around the difficulty with recall was so clever! Thank you for sharing!
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Because it matters how we work with our dogs.

Rank #1: Finding Out the Truth About Your Dog

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We make a lot of assumptions about dogs.  We pass them one.  And, over time, these suppositions can turn into things we believe as TRUE about dogs.  But ours is an age of reason and science.  Shouldn't we devote as much effort to finding out about our dogs and their behaviour as we do to a new appliance or software program?  The scientific method of posing questions, testing to see what we find, and making conclusions based on experience rather than hearsay has taken mankind a long way.  If it's good enough for modern medicine, it should be good enough for "man's best friend" shouldn't it?  Is it easy to let go of some of our beliefs about dogs?  No.  But examining what we think we know might just be the key to a better life with our dogs.  It has certainly made all the difference in my life.

Jul 27 2011

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Rank #2: Dog Training Mechanics

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Dog training is simple. Anyone can do it, right? Well, maybe. Dog training involves a lot of mechanical skills that we can practise. The more we practise, the better we get. The better we get, the faster our dog learns. Maybe we should focus on doing the basics well instead of looking for some new-fangled clever techniques!

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #3: Practical Everyday Dog Training

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The technical stuff is interesting and teaching the cool tricks is lots of fun. But sometimes you just have to do the practical everyday training to make things work with your dogs.  This podcast covers some of the things we train to make things run smoothly with our own dogs!

It could be moving our dogs from one room to another or making walks a little more pleasant.  Simple behaviours can be trained with any dog to make communication better.  And it helps that it can make life easier and more fun too!

Jun 26 2012

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Rank #4: Bad Dog – Handling Problem Behaviours

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Correcting bad behaviour in our dogs can be like putting out a fire. We have to act swiftly and decisively. But if we don't know a little bit about behavioural science, we could end up making things worse instead of better. Inspired by Dr. Susan Friedman, this article looks at what our options are when we need to deal with unwanted behaviour.

Punishing our dog for bad behaviour might be the first thing that comes to mind but, according to Dr. Susan Friedman, it is likely that it will be the least effective for correcting behaviour long-term.  There are lots of options to try before we resort to trying to stop behaviour.  Being proactive and teaching the behaviours we want to see is a great start!

Jun 11 2012

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Rank #5: One Dog to Fit Them All

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Wouldn't it be great if you could get a dog with all the outgoing affection of a Golden Retriever, the intensity of a Border Collie, the protection skills of a Doberman, and the lapdog size and weight of a Pomeranian? Well, yes. And no. And lots of stuff in between. The genetics of it all say that we get what we get when we breed for specific traits, physical or behavioural, and we can't change one side without affecting the other.

Jan 16 2015

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Rank #6: Waiting for the Dog

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Sometimes the most important thing we can do when we are training our dog is...nothing. How else will we find out what our dog knows if we don't stop every once and a while and see what they know? It's a lesson my own dog taught me many years ago. It has led to a delightful give and take that allows me to learn from her as she learns from me. Sometimes you just have to wait for the dog!

Oct 29 2018

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Rank #7: The Costs of Correcting Your Dog

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In the dog training world, "correction" has a special meaning.  What the term means depends very much on who you ask.  As I learned it, a "correction" doesn't really "correct" anything at all.  It just stops my dog from doing something I didn't want.  How does a yank on a leash or a poke in the side tell my dog anything about what I want them to do other than stop what they are currently doing?  Perhaps that lack of information can be detrimental to my dog!

Oct 22 2018

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Rank #8: Lessons from Our Dogs – Forgiveness

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Dogs are wonderfully forgiving creatures. Past wrongs seem to be quickly forgotten; after an angry moment, relationships are almost instantly restored. I think that we humans have a great deal to learn from dogs regarding forgiveness and moving on.

May 20 2019

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Rank #9: What Is Your Dog Saying About You?

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Do you know what your dog says about you and their life with you?  It's written all over their body language if you know what to look for.  Our dog's feelings about us and their life is pretty much an open book to those who understand the language of dogs.  As humans, we have a lot to say about our dogs. So it shouldn't be surprising that they have some thoughts of their own to share.

May 18 2013

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Rank #10: A Balanced Dog – Coping Skills and Managing Stress

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To look at most of our dogs, it’s hard to think of them as “stressed out” as they snooze happily in that patch of sunlight, yet all dogs experience stress, some more and some less — and it’s how they learn to cope with it that is most important.

May 02 2011

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Rank #11: Helping Your Dog Get It Right

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Our dogs are going to make mistakes when we train. And we have a choice to make about how we respond to those errors. The fastest way to get the behaviour we want might also discourage our dog from wanting to learn anything else with us. How we tell our dogs they didn't get it right matters.

With a little help from marine mammal trainers, there is an interesting way to get our dogs back on track without interrupting the flow of learning.  The Least Reinforcing Stimulus or LRS can be just the thing to make the occasional error a non-event and keep your dog eager to learn what you are trying to teach!

Aug 16 2013

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Rank #12: Dog Smart – A Different Kind of Intelligence

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Is your dog smart? I certainly think my dogs are.  Most dog owners have lots of stories to show how smart their dogs are. Dogs do have some pretty amazing abilities from stealing a snack from time to time from a counter to knowing which shoes we wear when we take them for a run at the part.  And those are things they learn on their own.

The variety of behaviours people have been able to teach dogs, it's pretty remarkable.  We can teach them useful skill and amazing tricks but the fact remains that we have underestimated dogs and their abilities for centuries.  It turns out that they can do many things better and faster than humans.  Their scent detection makes them excellent at police work and helping diagnose medical conditions.  What amazing things will we discover they can do?

Sep 07 2012

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Rank #13: 3 Important Lessons in Dog Training

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While I have learned a great deal from books by Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, John Bradshaw, and many others, my greatest education in dogs and dog training came from teachers much lower to the ground. My dogs have taught me the most important things about training and dog behaviour. I wasn't always the best student, but their patience has helped me learn some of the most important lessons of all!

Feb 27 2014

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Rank #14: Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training?

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There is a trend in modern dog training toward kinder, more dog-friendly training methods. Training that seeks to remove everything unpleasant for the dog and to make learning more enjoyable. But is kindness enough to teach our dogs? Is there more to being effective trainers than just being kind to our dogs and not using force?

A transcript of the main text of Is Kindness Enough for Effective Dog Training? is available at the Life As A Human online magazine website. You can visit Life as a Human to find this and other articles.

Thanks for listening to Canine Nation podcasts. I hope you can spread the word and let your dog-friends know about what you’re hearing here.

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome!

Jul 01 2019

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Rank #15: Shut Up and Train The Dog

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The best explanations in the world are sometimes not enough to help people with their dogs. Even if the full weight of science and evidence is correct, people still have to use that information with their dogs. Sometimes the best thing to do is to show them rather than tell them.

Dec 24 2018

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Rank #16: What A Dog Can Teach You

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Dog trainers are supposed to be teaching their dogs. Eric Brad has found that there is much that the dog can teach the trainer as well. In this installment, Eric says “Thank You” to his dog Tiramisu for the lessons he has learned. Listening to his dog has made him a better trainer.

Mar 08 2012

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Rank #17: Dogs – The Best Friend We Hardly Know

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I talk quite a bit about dogs and science in my articles. But other than reading about it in books, it can be difficult to find real research and science on canine cognition, biology, genetics, or behaviour. I was fortunate to attend a conference recently with some of the leading scientists researching dogs. To say it was amazing would be a huge understatement. It's incredible to see the things we are just now learning about dogs!

Sep 12 2013

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Rank #18: A Million Ways to Love a Dog

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What I have learned about dogs through behavioural science and modern training methods has fundamentally changed the way I see them as beings. It has changed his life in so many wonderful ways.  But there are lots of ways to love a dog.  Some are very different from others.  But they are love all the same.  We should remember that.

Apr 22 2019

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Rank #19: Dogs, Science, This, and That

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Most weeks, I like to put together something on a single topic regarding dogs or dog training.  It’s fun to explore things in depth and see where they come from, where they go, and even if we can be better or smarter about them.  I tend to be scientific in my approach to most things.  I like to break them down, see how they work, and be able to put them back together again.  But I recognize that not everyone shares my systematic approach to dogs and dog training.

But something I’m seeing more and more on the Internet is a negative reaction to science and behaviour analysis by dog training professionals.  Many of these trainers actually distinguish themselves as being “non-science” based.  Their methods are pointedly described in imprecise, emotional terms like “relationship”, “energy”, or “natural.”  I can only assume that this is a way to portray these trainers and their methods as more human and “feelings” based trainers.  So when did science become a bad thing?!

Aug 17 2012

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Rank #20: Expanding Your Canine Family: Multi-Dog Homes

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My wife and I love having our two Belgian Shepherds in our lives. We have occasionally had three dogs for short periods. You would think that adding a third dog would add about 30 percent more work, fun, and chaos into our lives. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. I talked with dog trainer Amanda Brothers about how she manages her crew of 6 rescue dogs.

Jun 03 2011

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