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How Dogs Learn: Shaping Zoe into a Box

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Have you ever wondered how dogs learn? Operant conditioning, or trial and error learning, is one way in which dogs learn new behaviors. In this video, Dr Sophia Yin trains her australian cattle dog, Zoe, to put two feet into a box. Watch how Zoe figures out what to do! Share168TweetPin4RedditEmail172 Shares

Manners Minder: Train Good Behavior at the Door

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Does your dog dart outside when you open the front door to let a guest in? The Manners Minder was developed to train good behavior at the door. This overview of the Manners Minder shows how it can be used to develop better door manners in your dog. Share6TweetPinRedditEmail6 Shares

Shaping Behaviors: Teach Your Dog to Somersault

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Want to teach your dog a fun trick that most dogs won’t know? Teach your dog to somersault! Using a target and some tasty treats, Zoe the australian cattle dog learns how to do a somersault. Share10TweetPinRedditEmail10 Shares

Training a Dog to Heel: Jonesy Heels for Toy

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Training a dog to heel when there are distractions can be a difficult task, so its important to use everything the dog finds motivating as a reward. Here, Jonesy the Jack Russell Terrier has learned that he must heel in order to get what he wants: the TOY! Share22TweetPinRedditEmail22 Shares

Dog Gets Kleenex: Jonesy Says Gesundheit

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Dog Gets Kleenex: Jonesy Says Gesundheit is a cute example of a trick that can be shaped. If your dog already knows how to fetch, substituting a kleenex and adding a cue is simple. ShareTweetPinRedditEmail0 Shares

Low Stress Dog Restraint: Standing to Lateral

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Veterinarians and technicians who learn low stress dog restraint have happier patients who are more likely to enjoy their vet visits. This video shows just one of many techniques outlined in Dr Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling and Restraint of Dogs and Cats textbook. Share401TweetPinRedditEmail401 Shares

Zoe Comes When Called

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Zoe comes when called when there is a distraction, such as UPS delivering a package. Training a reliable come when called for situations such as this can help you to interrupt undesirable behaviors. ShareTweetPinRedditEmail0 Shares

Handling an Aggressive Cat

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Every veterinarian and vet tech has come across an aggressive cat in their practice and knows that it can be difficult to properly treat an animal like this. In this video, a feral cat is examined with the help of towels. These handling techniques and more are outlined in Low Stress Handling and Restraint of … Continued