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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: Compelling Versus Inspiring

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: Compelling Versus Inspiring

Punishment is becoming passé. Rather than compelling your pet to do what is requested, consider inspiring him or her. Teddy Roosevelt described his foreign policy as, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Historically, mankind has embraced this approach to relations. Indeed, many people associate training their pooch with domineering techniques that essentially bully pups [...]

Consistency is Key: How to Behave So Your Pets Will Too

Consistency is Key: How to Behave So Your Pets Will Too

The best way to teach your dog to beg: give in occasionally. Ignoring your dog’s pleas may make you feel like a jerk, but giving in is the most effective way to turn your terrier into a terror. If you can’t get Fido to stop assaulting senior citizens, hogging the couch, or treating the kitchen [...]

Winning Big with the Jackpot Method: Reinforcing Command Follow-Through

Winning Big with the Jackpot Method: Reinforcing Command Follow-Through

Has the biscuit lost its lure? Has the canine reward system you implemented started to fail? If your dog seems to have lost all inspiration to respond to your commands, it may be time to reevaluate the rewards program you’ve implemented. As you’ve probably discovered, giving your pup a cookie each time a request is [...]

Yelling for Old Yeller: Getting Your Dog To Come On Command

Yelling for Old Yeller: Getting Your Dog To Come On Command

Getting your pup to come on cue can be a frustrating experience for many pet guardians. Defiant dogs can be more than just exasperating. They can create unsafe situations for themselves (think cars), others (such as the elderly), and everything involved (like the endangered lunch bag). Indeed, lots of dogs seem to think that “Come” [...]