Every year, especially in the spring, we receive calls and emails from people who want to provide their pet with more enriching experiences. This is a great thing from a behaviorist’s perspective.
We talk to people, who want better fencing, catios, dog and cat doors, outdoor aviaries, natural horse pastures and much more.
As most people familiar with Humane Domain already know, we use operant conditioning with the strongest possible emphasis on positive reinforcement for teaching animals what we want and for changing unwanted behavior.
People consider this one of the most difficult things to teach their dogs, but we strive to make it easier.
Always remember that you are competing with the environment for your dogs’ attention. One of my dogs finds squirrels very interesting and another gets stuck on ground scents. One of my dogs is reluctant to move after finding a spot in the sun to rest. Still another one is losing her hearing.