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Changing Your Training Contract with Your Dog

What to listen for:

“That's the hard part. That paralysis that you can get into of being afraid to train something because it can make things a lot harder. So, what I would say is, don't be afraid. Experiment a little bit. You can always modify a little, you can always rename something, you can always tweak something.”

Today Robin, Stacy, and Crystal chat about recognizing our training mistakes and understanding how behavior changes in our furry companions. From adapting training rules to being aware of physical limitations, they discuss the importance of safe and successful training journeys. They share personal tales of navigating tricky training situations and reveal how management tools can be a game-changer.

Training your dog is more than just teaching them to sit or heel; it's about understanding their emotional state and managing stress, both theirs and ours. The Dames of Detection dive into the fascinating world of canine emotional responses, sharing insights on the significance of reward systems and the effects of different states of arousal on their behavior. They emphasize the importance of experimenting, being patient, and letting our dogs learn at their own pace.

In dog training, having a supportive network and mentorship is as critical as the training itself. Robin, Stacy, and Crystal delve into the value of collaboration, and how a supportive community can guide us through the hurdles of training. Understanding our dog's cues, adjusting our training methods, and being mindful of their emotional state is key. All this and more in today’s episode of K9 Detection Collaborative!

Key Topics:

  • Intro to Topic (01:07)

  • “Is it easier for us to change our behavior or them to change theirs?” (06:12)

  • Dog Training and Stress Management (12:51)

  • The Importance of Messy Progress (15:51)

  • Poisoned Cues, Techniques, and Cues (20:40)

  • Opening the Back Door vs Opening the Gate (26:45)

  • Behavior Insights (29:24)

  • Dog Training and Cues with Multiple Markers (35:02)

  • Takeaways (41:15)


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