Today is the first ever blog hop for Positive Pet Training Blog Hop hosted by Dachshund Nola, Cascadian Nomads, and Tenacious Little Terrier! I was so excited for this when I read about it on Thursday--so excited, in fact, that I decided to write my post that night because I knew I wouldn't have time for it afterwards. On Friday, I had to pack up from my lovely-but-last-ever three week long winter break, and then early Saturday morning, I loaded up the crew and headed back to the Dog House with my parents! We did a few projects around my place, since I seem to be incapable of getting anything done on my own.... They left yesterday after we enjoyed yet another fabulous brunch at our favorite spot.
Since I--(interrupting to quote my dad at the moment, to my mom, "[Morgan] wants some eggs cooked right now, honey." Mom just grabbed the pan....)--am writing on short notice, there aren't any fun videos today. Oh wait, there have never been fun videos here! Boo. But, BUT, there will be some soon! I got a new cell and tablet for my birthday that are a step up from the cell camera I used to have.
For now, I just want to say again how excited I am for this new blog hop! Positive reinforcement ("PR") focused training is fun, effective, and efficient! I can't say that enough! Anyone unfamiliar with my training path can check out the page called Training and Behavior, on which I shared my story, as well as some great links!
What I didn't write about on the training page, though, was the very first book I read about marker training:
If you haven't read it, go grab it, now! Trust me, you want to. It's an oldie but a goodie. Fun & easy to read and applicable to more than "just dogs." (I hate that phrase! I swear, I am going to punch my older brother the next time he tells me that.)
The second book I read was pretty much the above book but summed down into an even more approachable how-to book!
I could go on and on, but I think you can see from my book list over to the right that one book just led to another. Now, admittedly, I haven't finished them all (sad face), but I'm workin' on it!
So tip number one: Go grab a book! Not sure whether it is PR focused? All the ones on my list are, or if you want even more options, everything in Karen Pryor's (and probably most of Clean Run's) store is PR. While there are some amazing trainers and behaviorists that hold doctorates and veterinary degrees (Patricia McConnell, Sophia Yin, Ian Dunbar to name a few!), a couple easy things to look for in your reading are the CPDT or KPA initials following an author's name.
No time to read? Tip number two: jump onto Youtube! I posted multiple comprehensive Youtube channels on my training page. Trust me, you will find more than enough videos from those trainers to get you started!
Tip number three: Kikopup. She has a Youtube how-to for pretty much everything from stopping jumping to teaching two dogs to hug each other.
I think that's it for today!
Here's Champ practicing impulse control with a "leave it" (taught by clicker training, of course) next to our newest book received in a Secret Santa gift exchange (more on that soon!):
(Yep, we are doing it! Check back to see what we worked on this month!)