Saturday, September 22, 2007

Podcasts Worth Hearing


Patricia McConnell: "For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend"

Listen to a really fascinating interview with Pat McConnell on the Diane Rhem Show, on WAMU
(right click and "save as" they play for smoother play back)

Pat McDonnel, PhD, Animal Behaviorist, trainer, radio talk show host of "Calling All Pets" talks about the new brain science and dogs, particularly their emotions and how those emotions are both similar and different from our own.

Best Tip:

  • Once you get past the basics, the time to praise or reward a dog is the instant they look at you. McConnell gives the example of when you call "come". The time to get really enthusiastic is when the dog looks at you and has that split second decision, keep sniffing or comply. Reinforce the right decision then, not when the dog comes. (I wonder if rewarding an ear twitch is good enough for cairn?)


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