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AWI Updates

Just passing this info on from the discdog-l email list. Let us know if we’ll see you there… From: discdog-l@yahoogroups.com Date: August 3, 2010 3:40:46 AM EDT To: discdog-l@yahoogroups.com Subject: Digest Number 3688 Reply-To: No Reply <notify-dg-discdog-l@yahoogroups.com>   1.1. AWI Updates Posted by: “Matt DiAno” Mon Aug 2, 2010 8:24 am (PDT) Hey all,Please visit the AWI website, […]

Apryl Lea Gets ADI Cerified!

On June 29th of 2010 Apryl Lea earned the title of Assistance Dogs International North American Accredited Service and Hearing Dog Instructor. She has been working towards this moment since becoming a Staff Trainer at Paws With A Cause in 2007. With this awesome news, Apryl Lea will be taking a leave of absence from […]

Criteria

Criteria

Criteria is an extremely important component of dog training, possibly the most important. Setting clear and appropriate criteria allows the handler to teach the skills we want our dogs to learn quickly and efficiently.

Rate of Reinforcement

Rate of Reinforcement

Traditional positive training says that we should shoot for 15-30 rewards per minute for learning and tough challenges. That’s a cookie every 2-4 seconds. A high rate of reinforcement of success creates a snowball effect. It becomes easier and easier to succeed. Successful performance of a behavior becomes habit.