Learning Theory

An article written by Guest Blogger Cynthia Mills The question of this blog is: do animals learn concepts, and if they do, can we teach them? And by concepts, I mean a sort of short cut, where the learner can apply a principle and then use that principle in many (or...

Get lucky… settle for only one.

I can’t believe how unbelievably luck I am. This was my thought after my little hissy fit today. I was helping Trudy set up a sorting chute in the barn. She was excited… I was… I was, angry. I would prefer to say grumpy but truth; I was angry. Not for any particular...
Respect or Gesture?

Respect or Gesture?

There is always something interesting going on at trails. This last weekend I was at a trial up in Washington. Between running my dogs I was watching others run their dogs as well as visiting (one of those runs was my wife Trudy’s winning pro/nov run with her...

Time Spent

I see it all the time, people who spend  months, and even years on a behavior. I have to give them credit. It takes a lot of dedication to put all that effort into a single behavior. One common example is people who have dogs that are nervous around people. I watch...
The No Win Situation.

The No Win Situation.

Anyone that knows me knows I am not comfortable in front of people. It is one of the reasons trialing is a chore for me. I know that I spend a lot of time in front of people. All I can say about that is, some days are easier then others. Awhile back I was asked to do...

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