Here are some common errors we see with owner-trainers. How many of these do you do? Spending more time focussing on training behaviours and tasks than doing gradual exposure and acclimation to new stimuli, environments, people and animals especially with…
"Fading" is the term many trainers use when they want you to gradually decrease the use of reinforcers or prompts to reduce your dog needing them to perform a behaviour or series of behaviours. This is done by breaking down…
The bottom line is because teaching with positive reinforcement works effectively and quickly and no physical force is needed. Several service training organizations have switched over to positive reinforcement and have found their graduation success rate has increased from 50-60%…
Is your dog overly friendly to everyone? A great way to teach your dog to stop jumping on visitors in general is to start teaching him at home. Doorways are exciting places for dogs since people come and go. New…
Leslie McDevitt has put together a comprehensive 7-10 week training program to help you teach your dog how to relax, focus on you and the task while in exciting and stressful environments. Always working under your dog’s threshold and using…
Then take the challenge of taking corrections (punishment) off the table! It's a simple as that! Why would you do that? Because the vast majority of mistakes your dog makes are actually handler training errors.Reread that last sentence and digest…
Generalizing a behavior is a very important skill for every owner-trained assistance dog, and in dog training generally. Yet, it's not often discussed!It is also a characteristic that humans are usually quite good at and most dogs do not do…
We recently received this question! Thought we would post the answer in case it was useful to anyone else. "I cannot train using treats, and I cannot find any information on using other rewards with clicker training, specifically with loading…
Click Here to see Part B C. Not Having a Support System for Themselves to Help Meet the Dog's Daily Needs and Training  A key point is that any person who is helping you with your service dog must have…
Click Here to See Part AB. Choosing the Wrong Dog for the Job Owner-trainers need to start out with a dog with the most solid temperament and health that they can find. Starting with anything less decreases their chance of…
There are three mistakes that owner-trainers of assistance dogs commonly make when training their own service dogs for public access.A. Not Setting Aside or Fundraising Enough Money before they start the process. While owner training can be cheaper than program trained…
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