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Puppy Training - (Part 1) Too Much Too Soon-Too Little Too Late

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (18442)

One of the most exciting times in a dog owner's life, is the day that furry, sweet, cute, cuddly, stick of dynamite comes home. At this point, the owner faces two paths in the future. 1) A wonderful bond, years of happiness and joy, the fulfilling of great expectations, or 2) the start of a frustrating, frequently disappointing, and realization that expectations will not be met. The latter oftentimes leaving the dog alone or even surrendered to a shelter.

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The Gunnerbrae Way

Posted on April 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2307)

    Positive Reinforcement.  The definition of Postive Reinforcement is, "a very powerful and effective tool to help SHAPE and CHANGE behavior.  Positive Reinforcement works by presenting a motivating item to the person (dog) after the desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen in the future."

    At Arkansas Duck Dogs and Gunnerbrae Kennels, we base our p...

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Can't or Won't

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (3386)

    In dog training, one of the most critical aspects of training, is the ability to be able to read the dog.  And in reading the dog, one of the most critical aspects, is to understand whether or not a dog can't or won't perform a task or skill.  "Our corrections in training are for a lack of effort, not a lack of ability, and this is fundamental."-Mike Lardy

    Until this basic fundamental principle is fully understood, there is no am...

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