Changing habits

As trainers and behavior consultants, our job is to change behavior. Some behaviors are harder to change than others. Obviously, behaviors driven by strong emotions are difficult to change. But, intense emotions are not the only factor that can make behavior change difficult. Habitual behaviors are also very hard to alter. Furthermore, I believe habit… Continue reading Changing habits

A Brief Primer on Punishment and Reinforcement

Would you like to improve your understanding of your dogs’ behavior?  What about the behavior of your family, friends and co-workers?  If you really want to understand behavior (and training) then it is absolutely critical that you understand the basics of learning.  You have probably heard the terms “punishment” and “reinforcement” many times, both in… Continue reading A Brief Primer on Punishment and Reinforcement