Category: Dog

Reinforcing Change

by Ashby Cogan

All done!” I cried. Amid applause and cheering, the retired police sergeant hopped up from his position prostrate on the folding table. We had accomplished our crowd-sourced training goal-using a clicker, I had shaped him to lie face down on this rickety table for our audience of the other shelter volunteers. His eyes sparkled.

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Embracing Anthropomorphism

by Karen Fazio

As any animal behavior consultant can attest, one of the greatest challenges we face is dissuading owners from anthropomorphizing their pet’s behavior. In many respects, anthropomorphism is the proverbial gorilla in the room: It’s taboo, highly controversial, and most of us recoil from its use.

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