Tag Archives: Theory

Dog training theory articles and blog posts by Ron Watson of Pawsitive Vybe.

Contextual Understanding is Like Conversational Spanish

Contextual Understanding is Like Conversational Spanish

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 […]

Metaphor and Understanding in Dog Training

Metaphor and Understanding in Dog Training

In our business, teaching people to do cool things with their dogs, we rely on metaphor all the time to communicate complex ideas. A metaphor can be tailored to a specific client or a team and can be used to help them succeed with their dog. Sometimes that means just simplifying the situation and placing the focus on the things we need to succeed, and sometimes we try to completely reframe the handler’s understanding

Success Vs Performance Requirements

Success Vs Performance Requirements

Disc dogger’s have a problem. We all want to play this game so darned much that it’s hard to remain consequent and focused on the component skills that build our game. Once our dogs start to approach the realm of performance potential, it’s hard to keep our focus on being successful because of the handler’s expectation of performance. This is classic putting the cart before the horse behavior and can be very detrimental to a team’s long term potential.

Anatomy of a Behavior

Anatomy of a Behavior

Most of the behaviors that we create with our dogs are really chains of small concepts and chains are only as strong as their weakest link. Dog trainers and dog sport handlers need to be able to break down complex behaviors, isolate the weak concepts and mark and reinforce them to make them stronger.

Dog Ethogram

Apryl and I have had the pleasure to work with Sue Sternberg both as a student and as instructors. She’s an amazing lady and her tireless and well documented work with rescue dogs is something to be admired. Here’s a great site for some much needed information on canine behaviors. Sue Sternberg’s Dog Ethogram.