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Word of the Day – Reinforcer

Reinforcer: A consequence following a behavior that increases the likelihood of seeing that behavior repeated in the future. There are both Positive Reinforcers (R+) and Negative Reinforcers (R-). If you like…

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Word of the Day – Reactive

Reactive: Acting out in order to ward off or escape a stimulus, for example, other dogs or people. Reactive dogs may be more tense and worked up when separated from the…

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Word of the Day – Predatory drift

Predatory drift: When a dog’s behavior shifts from acceptable play behavior to predatory behavior. This sometimes occurs during interactions between large and small dogs; the smaller dog squeals or runs away…

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Word of the Day – Marker

Marker: A stimulus that pinpoints the behavior the dog performed. The most common markers are clickers and a specific word, such as “yes.” The marker should be used at the exact…

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Broken

Broken. Most people view this word in a poor light, especially in the animal world, and I want to change their view. How? Through the story of an animal I…

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Word of the Day – Bite inhibition

Bite inhibition: A dog’s ability to control the amount of pressure when mouthing an object. Lack of bite inhibition may be an indicator of play or aggression. Indications of a dog who does…

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