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How to Shape Behaviors in Your Dog

What does it mean to “Shape behaviors?”

Shaping behavior is a training method, using a series of steps — without force — to teach our dog a new behavior. This method is used to train animals of many species, including animals where it’s impossible to physically MAKE them do a behavior.

It is used to teach a penguin to jump through a hoop, a sea lion to smile, and to teach an octopus to squirt a water fountain into the air.

It can be used to teach your dog all kinds of fun tricks! Want to learn how?

How To Stop Your Puppy from Biting

One of the most common questions that we get asked in our puppy classes is about biting. Puppies explore the world with their mouths and their instincts often tell them that learning how to “hunt” and play involves using their teeth.

However, trying to figure out how to stop your puppy from biting can be truly frustrating. After all, our first instinct when those sharp little teeth make contact with our skin is often to jerk away, which can look a bit like a game of tag from your puppy’s point of view.

So what can you do instead?

The 3 Ds of Dog Training

There are two phrases dog trainers hear all the time. First, “My dog does it so well at home; I don’t know why he won’t do it now.”  Second, “He does so well here; I don’t understand why he won’t do it at home or when we’re out.”  These two phrases may seem like they’re […]

Join us April 27th for our Grand Reopening Celebration!

Superior Dog Training - Good dogs = Happy Owners

Superior Dog Training is celebrating our expansion with a grand reopening celebration! Join us on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 110 Woodwinds Industrial Ct., Cary, NC 27511 1:00pm-5:00pm  Come out and join us for fun games, activities and demos! The event will be an open house, with all local community members welcome.*  *Well-behaved Dogs who are up-to-date […]

How to Get Started with Clicker Training

Clicker training is a great way to teach your dog—it can be used to help him learn the basics, like sit and down, or for complex, multi-step tricks. In the video below you can see just a few fun behaviors it’s possible to teach your dog with clicker training (demonstrating are trainer Debbie Hanley and […]