Archive for February, 2014
When people are learning how to train their dog, whether from books, the internet or from a trainer, you’re going to hear the words ‘high-value treat.’ Your going to see trainers handling hot dogs and chicken breast, and you’re going to see how amazingly these dogs respond and want to do it yourself. Makes sense; I’d certainly work harder for a big pizza than I would for a piece of celery. Right?
Here’s my word of caution, and I hope you read it if you’re new to dog training:
High-Value Treats are only ‘high value’ when they are rarely used.
It’s something I’ve heard time and time again. “He used to be responsive, but he’s gotten bored with treats.” “He’s just not food motivated anymore.” “He must be bored with learning.” Dogs don’t get ‘bored with learning.’ There’s always something deeper. Dogs get frustrated with inconsistency. They get frustrated when…
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Many years ago or maybe not that many, the pulp wood men would go out into the forest and harvest trees.
Occasional these men would cut a tree containing an active squirrel’s nest with baby squirrels inside. A few of these men knew about my grandfather and once in a while they would bring him the baby squirrels to raise.
Throughout my childhood there would be baby squirrels in his house. One day he lost one. He looked for it off and on all day. He finally found the baby curled up in the toe of his slipper later that night.
He loved the squirrels. He kept nest boxes and feeding stations scattered through the black walnut grove that was his backyard. These are the bottles he used when he fed the babies until they were grown and he could release them in his yard.
One of the things he…
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