Dogs Don’t Multitask-The Distraction Dilemma

Dogs Don’t Multitask-The Distraction Dilemma

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Dogs don't multitask either. Here's why. Remember the last time you tried to multitask?  Was it as efficient as you hoped? Did you nail accuracy for both tasks? Were you able to remember the important details for both? Research shows that attempting to multitask is less efficient and wastes time. Our brains can focus on just one thing at a time. So multitasking is an illusion. The brain is not doing two things at once but instead shifting gears from one to the other. The shift consumes time. The results are less accurate and more difficult to remember. What does this have to do with training a dog? First, dogs learn best when focusing on just one new skill at a time. If you're teaching SIT, teach and reward only that. Ignore everything else. Don't…
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Choosing a Dog Trainer

Choosing a Dog Trainer

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Who Do You Trust? When you put your trust in a dog trainer to advise you about educating a pet you care deeply for, you have a right to expect the same high standards as you would from any professional providing a service to a family member. But dog trainers aren't licensed and they don't have to pass a standardized test or agree to a code of ethics. They may have letters after their names that indicate where and how they received their professional training.  That's valuable information, but in itself, it doesn't guarantee that the individual will be right for you or for your pet.  If you ask five dog trainers the same question, you'll probably get five different answers.  Nevertheless, most trainers fall into one of two distinct camps.  The first is…
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