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Dog Training Meet Lifestyle Founded in 2005 by dog sport professionals, Apryl Lea and Ron Watson, Pawsitive Vybe is a dog training studio with a unique philosophy of Obedience through Interaction and Learning through Play. Specializing in Dog Sports and Assistance Dogs, Ron Watson and Apryl Lea are top shelf trainers, handlers, speakers and performers. Ron & Apryl live and ...
Contextual Understanding in Dog Training

Contextual Understanding is Like Conversational Spanish

Ron Watson Dog Training

Learning a foreign language from a conversational angle is all the rage these days. Instead of focusing on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, the very concepts that fluency in language is built upon, the teaching is focused on creating competence: pronunciation, common situations, verbal repetition, and vocabulary supplements. contextual understanding in dog training is like conversational Spanish. it’s all based upon …

Loot Chill

Go Do Dog Stuff: Seven Simple Ideas for Effective Dismissal

Ron Watson Disc Dog Training, Dog Training, Theory

What Is Dismissal? Dismissal is the opposite of Attention. Practically speaking, it means that the handler is not available at this time. It does not mean “we’re done working”. It does not mean “you may stop doing that”. It means I (the handler) am not available now and you may amuse yourself for a while. We call this “Go Do …

Bite

Ron Watson Flash Jam Beta 1

Cued Biting and Tugging of Discs Adds Value to the Handler and Teaches Patience in Drive catching discs happens out there. a good reward history of dog and handler sharing the disc via a bite and tug adds value to the area around the handler giving the dog a reason to hang out thereā€¦

Pawsitive Vybe S2E7 – The Mystery Show

Ron Watson Pawsitive Vybe, Season 2 Episodes

Playing disc with your dog is just another rule set of dog training – another game we play with our dogs. The behavior chains are longer and things a bit faster but it’s still dog training. Dog training is a dialogue. A big of your job is to recognize and answer the questions your dog asks.

STARR Protocol for Reactive Dogs

The Pawsitive Vybe STARR Protocol

Ron Watson Disc Dog Training, Dog Training

STARR Protocol for Reactive Dogs Working with reactive or fearful dogs is a specialty of Pawsitive Vybe. The key to dealing with these troubled dogs is allowing the dog to make decisions – simple decisions – that will help to center and ground them and to enable them to deal with environmental distractions on their own terms. The Pawsitive Vybe …

Attention

2 Simple Steps for Superior Shaping

Ron Watson Dog Training

Many dogs get very high when working for cookies and clicks. Some go over threshold when working. I think this is fairly common for clicker trainers. It’s part of the reason that some seemingly simple behaviors can take months to create and is responsible for much of the frustration that positive trainers experience.

Bite as Cookie

Bite as Cookie

Ron Watson Practical Bitework, Theory

When a Bite is offered as a cookie the dog has earned the right to attempt to Bite that object. It’s a very empowering experience. The dog learns that he can make the bite happen by showing some Patience, giving Eye Contact, offering a Back Up behavior, or whatever.