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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-17-2017, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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a reminder,

I just saw this thread...very good insight
https://thecognitivecanine.com/2016/...-not-machines/
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Part of the joy of having dogs is letting them be dogs.
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That message is priceless! Thank you so much for sharing it...and even more for reminding us all to remember it!

I've always felt that the connection with the dog is primary...but I couldn't hope to put it that eloquently!
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That message is priceless! Thank you so much for sharing it...and even more for reminding us all to remember it!

I've always felt that the connection with the dog is primary...but I couldn't hope to put it that eloquently!

Exactly, there are some of us who are good writers and this blogger stated it wonderfully. I had this in mind the other day when I was working with my big boy. Did we have perfect timing and positioning, no way. Were we working towards it, yes...well mostly my technique more than his. Did we have fun, I know I did and it looks like he did, too.

I also agree that operant / classical conditioning are valid but our dogs are not conditioned robots.



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Loved this article. I changed my expectations for my dogs after reading 'Merle's Door'. This article basically wraps up what this book is all about.
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Loved this article. I changed my expectations for my dogs after reading 'Merle's Door'. This article basically wraps up what this book is all about.
I loved Merle's Door but I did find the ending a bit over done. I would not have let Merle go through all of that personally. And all though I no longer live in an area where I can let my dogs come and go as they please, it was still nice to enjoy the adventures, especially where the author spoke for the dog...and the dog's laugh. I listened to this story as an audio book so it was quite amusing.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 04:30 PM
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I like that article alot, good stuff.

What she's describing sounds a heck of a lot like old school hunting dog training. Not exactly my preferred method for training.

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Loved the article. It just validated my reason for letting my boy just sniff and zigzag while I try to be as undisturbing as possible. At least for 1/2 the time we are at the town park. He loves this park and I'm convinced it's the reason why. Interesting enough the best first loose leash walk I ever had with him way back when, when he was still learning was after about 30-45 mins of just following him around. No talking no pressure on the leash.

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