When you search for information on how to train your dog, do you consistently find references to B.F. Skinner and the learning theory he proposed known as operant conditioning? Understanding operant conditioning and properly applying the concepts to dog training can be a daunting task, but is necessary for achieving success in dog training. This is where our new book series, The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog, will be very handy. Not only is operant conditioning fully explained and applied to dog training in Volume 1: Philosophy Primer, but it also explores how operant conditioning from the Human’s Perspective, does not coincide with the dog’s point of view (The Dog’s Perspective). These differences in approaches is explained in how to “Think Outside the Skinner Box”. Continue reading
Do you have a dog who needs training? Have you searched the internet for help, but ended up more confused than when you first started? Not surprising! There is so much information – good and bad – out there pertaining to how to train a dog and it is very difficult to figure out which way to turn. Well, we are here to help you better understand this problem and address your training needs.
In the next few weeks, the first volume of our dog training series – The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking Like a Dog will be available. Volume 1 is the Philosophy Primer. We are so excited to share this information with you so that you can better understand how to train your dog. Dog training can be complex and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Actually, it shouldn’t be confusing at all, if you truly understand dogs. We sifted through the multitude of dog training information available on Continue reading
Hot Time in the Summertime
Summer is just around the corner. However, WNC temperatures have already climbed into the 80’s in early spring. In warmer months, we are able switch to lighter clothes so we won’t swelter wearing woolen sweaters and slacks. Although some of us may find it inconvenient to switch our wardrobes from winter to summer clothes, at least we have that option. Unfortunately, other than possibly shedding an undercoat, dogs are always clothed in a fur coat. So what can we do the help our dogs stay safe and healthy in warm temperatures? Continue reading
Co-evolution of Dog & Human Companionship
Humans have associated with wild canids for at least 30,000. The fossil record confirms human (Homo sapiens) developed relationships with canines as far back as the times of the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). From these early wild canids evolved the domestic dog. Humans and their dog companions have been together for the last 15,000 years or so, which is a very long time for BFFs. Dogs and humans are two different mammalian species that have developed a highly beneficial, co-evolutionary relationship. No other interspecific relationship, between two species, is as complex and mutually beneficial as the dog-human companionship. The success of our canine companions’ relationship is their ability to communicate and cooperate with humans, a separate species. However, how this communication occurs between humans and dogs is debatable. Continue reading
Dogs have given us their absolute all.
We are the center of their universe.
We are the focus of their love and faith and trust.
They serve us in return for scraps.
It is without a doubt the best deal man had ever made.
~ Roger Caras ~
Do Dogs Like Petting?
Many of us love touching, petting and cuddling our puppy dogs. However, is the feeling mutual? Do our dogs really like all this fuss from humans? More importantly, should dogs like all the touchy-feely attention from not only their own human, but complete strangers? To know if dogs like petting, you can consider your scruffy little pups currently by your side. On a larger scale, think about all the dogs, wild & wonderful, you have had the pleasure of knowing throughout your lifetime. Finally, on the grandest of all scales, evolutionary time scale, contemplate all the domestic dogs that have ever existed over the last 40,000 years. Did domestic dogs always like petting? And….why should we care? The more we think from the dog’s perspective, the better we will be able to communicate with our dogs, and the sooner our dogs will become the best dog in our world. Continue reading
Dog Sledding in Asheville
During the last weekend of January 2016, Asheville, NC enjoyed spring-like weather conditions. However, one week earlier, the landscape was very different when Winter Storm Jonas deposited more than a foot of snow on WNC, providing the rare opportunity for snow sports right outside our front door. What better way for kids to spend the snow day than sledding with their faithful companions.
The Digital Short
And after all the snow fun was completed, the video editing began. Thanks to the videography talents of Andrew Ballantine and his passion for James Bond films, we present this digital short, Beautiful Day – Dog Sledding in Asheville. Continue reading
Asheville – Winter Storm Jonas 2016
If you live on the East Coast, the effects of Winter Storm Jonas are still in the current news, on our minds and, depending where you live, covering the streets. An inch of snow will bring southern cities, like Asheville, NC, to a standstill. The last official total snow accumulation reported for Asheville was 13 inches. Needless to say, Asheville is covered by a thick blanket of beautiful, glimmering snow crystals and no one is going anywhere anytime soon. Continue reading
Touch & Petting are Critical for Thriving
There are fundamental training skills a dog needs to possess to develop an ideal relationship with their human companions. Some of the skills involve Food, Water and Shelter, vital necessities for the long-term physical health and survival of every living being. Here the focus changes to a need that is not a vital necessity for survival, but is vital for individuals to thrive. Continue reading
Obstacles to Health & Fitness Goals
Happy New Year’s! Hoping 2016 has gotten off on the right start. With the start of the new year comes many New Year’s resolutions to improve personal health and fitness. A “desire” to improve personal fitness is KEY to success. However, many New Year’s resolutions to improve personal health and fitness fail. What are the typical reasons? Don’t have enough time to workout, or the fitness classes don’t fit into your work schedule? Do you believe fitness gyms are too expensive and too crowded? Would like to go with a friend, but no one wants to go or they cannot go at the same time because of scheduling conflicts? Do you find working out on weights, treadmills and machines boring? Are you are too embarrassed to have others see you in workout clothes? What is your excuse? Continue reading