Recently, I was discussing an emotionally fragile dog with whom I was attempting to create a relationship. My friend asked if the dog was food motivated. This is, of course, a common question about a shy dog. However, the very nature of the question implies a misunderstanding of learning, motivation, and the subsequent use of food […]

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Celeste Patten on October 11th, 2016

It brings to mind deals done in dark smoke-filled back rooms by corrupt politicians. When parents use bribes they are often left feeling guilty, but I see my dog training clients use them all the time without seeing them for what they are. I am beginning to think people are confusing the mere presence of food with reinforcement […]

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