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Hello everyone!

I greatly appreciate everyone who follows my blog and my journey. I have decided to move my blog to a more personalized hosting site. I have kept the layout the same and my URL is still www.thecrossovertrainer.com and if you try to reach my old blog, it will automatically forward you to my new one.

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On a different note, if you have a question about something related to dog training or a question about my transition, please ask! I love hearing from my followers, so if you ever have a question or comment, please feel free to share with me!

Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support!

 

Graduation Certificate

I know many of you have been following Loker’s journey through his group class in the past few weeks so I wanted to let you all know his big day has come! He has officially graduated from his Courteous Canine’s class by Adventures in Canine Training!

Looking back at our first day in class, he has improved by leaps and bounds! In class today we were able to get within a few feet of the other dogs while in the beginning Loker was reactive when they were about 70 feet away! He is much more attentive to what I want and ask of him now, too!

This has been a life changing experience for both of us. Watching the other dogs in class improving too has been really fun. It has truly shown me how positive training methods really work and give long-term results. Punishment only covers a problem and doesn’t actually teach the dog how to behave properly. We will continue working on his reactivity and I can’t wait to see where we will go in the future!

This video is of the “obstacle” course we had to go through which included a “stay” for 20-30 seconds, then “Sit, down, sit”, then Loose Leash Walking figure 8, and finally a “come when called”.

These two videos were part of the “show off what your dog has learned” so we did basic targeting and jumping through the hula-hoop! This was also his first time doing these tricks outside so he was learning how to generalize them.

 

Honestly, when I used to use traditional and dominance based methods, I never would have thought that I could earn a dogs respect and be a leader by giving treats. In fact, many traditional trainers see positive reinforcement trainers as “cookie pushers” and there may be a few out there that don’t quite understand the proper techniques that are involved in positive reinforcement methods. A good positive reinforcement trainer rarely, if ever, hands out treats for no reason. Each treat is carefully planned out and should always have a reason. There is always a strategy behind the treat!

Some techniques may look like treats are being given for no reason if you don’t have the knowledge of “why” behind your observations. One of these techniques is high frequency reinforcement. You can use high frequency reinforcement for many situations – from teaching a new trick to changing a dog’s emotions about a stimuli. For example, if you have a dog that sits when asked but immediately stand up after, high frequency reinforcement can teach the dog to stay sitting to receive more rewards. Over time you slowly reduce the frequency of treats and you have a dog that sits until you say it’s okay to move! But you can see how to an uneducated eye this would look like you are just giving tons of treats for no reason!

Something that I have learned and realized in the last few weeks is that my dog respects me and listens to me better than he did before. Also, he does things for me because he wants to please me which shows me he respects me as a leader. I have learned that being a great leader takes understanding and patience rather than intimidation or pain – with both people and animals!

Here is a link to another blog that I like to follow. Sarah discusses how leadership is developed through positive reinforcement techniques. Stay tuned to find out all 10 principles to using positive reinforcement to develop leadership.

Follow the Leader by Sarah Fulcher of Barks and Recreation

This week we took a small vacation to the Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi. This was Loker’s first time experiencing salt water and it was pretty funny to watch him try to drink it then vomit it right back up! You could tell he was quite perplexed by the fact that he was completely surrounded by water, but couldn’t drink it! Something else that made me chuckle was that he was a little nervous of the small white waves that came towards him! He would back up a little as they came towards him and he stared at them with concern.

One morning I took him for a stroll through downtown Rockport (TX) and he impressed me again with his leash skills. There was minimal pulling and I was able to enjoy the sights and sounds. And that was in a completely new area with completely different smells! It still amazes me how far he has come and how far I have come!

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I am a recent crossover dog trainer. Join me in my journey from correction based training to positive training methods. I hope to help you make the transition or help you choose what kind of dog trainer is right for you. I have been working with dogs for over ten years, but it wasn't until now that I decided to change.

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