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The Inquisitive Canine

The Inquisitive Canine Based in Santa Barbara, California. We offer force-free, humane, rewards-based dog training and behavior consulting services locally and online.

Dog training and behavior coaching. Private dog training, public classes, workshops, community outreach programs, eBooks and virtual coaching.

Dog training and behavior coaching. Private dog training, public classes, workshops, community outreach programs, eBooks and virtual coaching.

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Consistency in your approach will produce consistency in the behaviors!
03/27/2022
Make Training Your Dog Easier: Be Consistent, Be Clear and Be Kind

Consistency in your approach will produce consistency in the behaviors!

By Joan Hunter Mayer There are many things you can do to make training your inquisitive canine easier. In previous posts on this site, we’ve explored understanding what motivates your dog and teaching your pup to generalize. Yet another key facet of training success is consistency. What is Consist...

Happy Birthday, B.F. Skinner! Your gift to us is a humane, force free approach.
03/21/2022
Biographical Information - B. F. Skinner Foundation

Happy Birthday, B.F. Skinner! Your gift to us is a humane, force free approach.

  B. F. Skinner was born on March 20, 1904 in Susquehanna, a small railroad town in the hills of Pennsylvania just below Binghamton, New York. With one younger brother, he grew up in a home environment he described as “warm and stable”. His father was a rising young lawyer, his mother a housewi...

Why isn't your inquisitive listening to your cues? Maybe they haven't learned to generalize the behavior.
02/27/2022
Generalizing: Unleashing the Key to Dog Training Success in Every Environment

Why isn't your inquisitive listening to your cues? Maybe they haven't learned to generalize the behavior.

By Joan Hunter Mayer Would you like to learn how to encourage your dog to work with you wherever you happen to be? Then, one of the most important concepts you can remember is that of generalization. Generalizing means taking a skill your dog has grasped in one area and making sure they understand i...

Happy National Love your Pet Day! A new place to play, extra sniffing time, and special treats?  Whatever choose, here’s...
02/20/2022

Happy National Love your Pet Day! A new place to play, extra sniffing time, and special treats? Whatever choose, here’s to loving your amazing pet! 🐾❤️

#loveyourpetday
#nationalpetday
#petsarefamily

Happy National Love Your Pet Day! What a fantastic way to celebrate during the long weekend - TGIF (thank goodness for F...
02/20/2022
But Isn’t Every Day National Pet Day?

Happy National Love Your Pet Day! What a fantastic way to celebrate during the long weekend - TGIF (thank goodness for Fido) indeed!

“Colleen Paige, animal welfare advocate and pet and family lifestyle expert, founded National Pet Day in 2006 to celebrate the...read more...

Positive conditioned responses for the win!
02/11/2022
Your New Puppy – How Do Puppies Learn?

Positive conditioned responses for the win!

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, a time to "...take a close look at how you meet your animal friend's needs."

Happy 2022! Cheers & woofs!!
01/01/2022

Happy 2022! Cheers & woofs!!

"Dear Diary, today I watched my dog sniff a blade of grass for two hours." We love that Maria Scrivan totally understand...
01/01/2022
Half Full by Maria Scrivan for November 22, 2021 | GoComics.com

"Dear Diary, today I watched my dog sniff a blade of grass for two hours." We love that Maria Scrivan totally understands a dogs need to sniff!! #K9nosework

View the comic strip for Half Full by cartoonist Maria Scrivan created November 22, 2021 available on GoComics.com

Reasons why, budget, breed/mix, resources...all things to consider when acquiring a new inquisitive canine!
12/12/2021
5 Important Considerations Before Adopting a Puppy or Adult Dog

Reasons why, budget, breed/mix, resources...all things to consider when acquiring a new inquisitive canine!

By Joan Hunter Mayer “Oh! What a cute little doggy…Let’s bring him home!” So, you’re thinking about adding a cuddly puppy or snuggly adult pooch to your family. Those big soft eyes. That sweet face. Visions of camaraderie, joy, and pure contentment. Ah yes, there is little that compares wi...

Happy National Pit Bull Awareness day! Pawfect time to learn a few more tidbits about the breed!
10/24/2021
The TRUTH About Pit Bulls: What You Need to Know

Happy National Pit Bull Awareness day! Pawfect time to learn a few more tidbits about the breed!

Just in time for National Pit Bull Awareness Day, here are the top 10 facts you should know about adopting a pit bull.

From folks who know something about training and treats!
10/22/2021
Treat Options for Dogs and Cats Without Unbalancing Their Diet

From folks who know something about training and treats!

We’ve created a list of foods that are healthy and relatively low in calories so you can avoid unbalancing your pet’s diet with too many foods coming from outside their main diet.

Ended my week having to work with this little cutie. Poor me! 😂🥳
10/02/2021

Ended my week having to work with this little cutie. Poor me! 😂🥳

If you want your inquisitive canine to behave nicely when out and about, then you just need to practice!#trainitbeforeyo...
09/24/2021

If you want your inquisitive canine to behave nicely when out and about, then you just need to practice!

#trainitbeforeyouneedit

When engaging with an unregulated industry, does this mean we need to be more inquisitive?
09/19/2021
Regulations and Oversight in the Dog Training Industry?

When engaging with an unregulated industry, does this mean we need to be more inquisitive?

By Joan Hunter Mayer Based on the comments from previous posts, I'm glad that the topic of dog training is being discussed - education and awareness are key! Did you know that dog training is an unregulated industry in many countries, including the U.S.? There are no official government bodies that....

Dogs do what works...we call it "begging." You get what you reinforce!
09/09/2021
Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges: Begging

Dogs do what works...we call it "begging." You get what you reinforce!

When was the last time you enjoyed a guilt-free snack? For us dog lovers, it’s not usually the guilt over calories that gets us; it’s...read more...

Part 2 of our dive into training techniques helps you take a closer look at what the options are all about. Thank you Ed...
08/31/2021
A Closer Look at Dog Training Techniques: Part Two

Part 2 of our dive into training techniques helps you take a closer look at what the options are all about. Thank you Edhat Santa Barbara for giving us the platform.

By Joan Hunter Mayer Welcome back! In the first part of this two-part series, we defined three of the most common dog training philosophies: force-free, aversive and ‘balanced.’ We looked at how reinforcement and punishment relate to animal behavior and compared how each of the three techniques ...

What will you be doing today to honor International Dog Day? Wait...isn't every day "dog day" 🥳😅👏🐾#internationaldogday #...
08/26/2021

What will you be doing today to honor International Dog Day? Wait...isn't every day "dog day" 🥳😅👏🐾

#internationaldogday #nationaldogday #dogstagram #dogsofinsta #dogslife #dogsarefamily

Breaking down all of the training techniques out there, to help pet parents think critically.
08/22/2021
A Closer Look at Dog Training Techniques: Part One

Breaking down all of the training techniques out there, to help pet parents think critically.

By Joan Hunter Mayer Pet parents, what’s your training style? Do you give a treat when your dog sits on cue? Yell when your dog jumps up on guests? Reward some behaviors and punish others? As you search for practical dog training solutions to everyday challenges, you’ll likely come across advice...

A meaty post, to say the least.
07/11/2021
The Inside Scoop on Using Treats in Dog Training

A meaty post, to say the least.

By Joan Hunter Mayer Pup parents, do you sometimes feel like you’re “cheating” when you use food treats for training your dog? Or have you been accused of resorting to bribery? Ever since launching The Inquisitive Canine, I’m often asked about this pawsitively meaty topic. And I love when th...

Today is the BIG day for workin' woofers! It's Take Your Dog to Work Day! What will your inquisitive canine be doing tod...
06/25/2021

Today is the BIG day for workin' woofers! It's Take Your Dog to Work Day! What will your inquisitive canine be doing today? Admin work? Leading meetings? Our very own Ringo Starr will be in charge of lap-duties at Dad's office.

Cat World Domination Day??? Hmm, what would this Cat World look like? Sleep all day, play all night, find that ray of su...
06/24/2021

Cat World Domination Day??? Hmm, what would this Cat World look like? Sleep all day, play all night, find that ray of sunshine…? Could it be kinda purr-fect!?! Manny says he's on board! What about you?

Heigh-ho heigh-ho, it's off to the office your inquisitive canine goes!! Yup! It's that time of year, folks. How will yo...
06/22/2021
Prepping Your Pup for Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Heigh-ho heigh-ho, it's off to the office your inquisitive canine goes!! Yup! It's that time of year, folks. How will you be celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day® this Friday, June 25th?

Take Your Dog to Work Day® - one of my favorite pawlidays - is Friday, June 25! (More like Fri-yay!) The better news?...read more...

For our own Ringo Starr, every day is a party. How about your inquisitive canine? Anything extra special for National Do...
06/21/2021
National Dog Party Day: Tips To Make Your Dog Party A Barking Blast - DogTime

For our own Ringo Starr, every day is a party. How about your inquisitive canine? Anything extra special for National Dog Party Day? #celebrategoodtimes #DogPartyDay

National Dog Party Day is celebrated on June 21st, and it's a fun holiday for dogs to let loose and enjoy the company of other canines. If you've never thrown a dog party before, this is a good day to give it a chance. Dog parties can be as elaborate or as laid-back as you and your pup want them to....

A miracle of all miracles - tired border terriers! Archie and Gizmo are living proof! #HappyTGIF
06/11/2021

A miracle of all miracles - tired border terriers! Archie and Gizmo are living proof! #HappyTGIF

Show your appreciation by taking a moment to look at things from your inquisitive canine’s point of view, as opposed to ...
06/10/2021
Are Dogs Really Eager to Please?

Show your appreciation by taking a moment to look at things from your inquisitive canine’s point of view, as opposed to making assumptions. #PetAppreciationWeek

The first time my husband and I took Emma, our newly adopted Beagle, out for a walk, we knew we were in trouble. Emma was terrified. Her tail was perpetually tucked, the wrinkles on her brow screamed misery, her pupils were dilated and she wouldn’t budge. We were completely in over our heads. So, ...

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😍 National Doggy Date Night is tomorrow (February 3rd)! This post from The Inquisitive Canine, LLC has some fun ideas! http://bit.ly/36DfP8V
Some tips on teaching your dog target training in this great post from The Inquisitive Canine, LLC https://inquisitivecanine.com/2020/11/09/fidos-homeschooling-diy-training-program-target-training/
"For those who live in places where inclement weather strikes, some of the self-quarantine behaviors may seem similar?" from The Inquisitive Canine, LLC.
If your dog is a gold medallist in Jumpy Jumping, there is a training fix: teach your dog a new behaviour and practice, practice, practice! I'm very pleased to be quoted in this Bustle article about jumping up, along with my colleague Joan from The Inquisitive Canine, LLC. If you'd like a bit more help in the "jumpy dog" training department, check out my online course made just for these dogs and their humans: https://lorinanan.com/canine-courses/dog-training/dog-jumping-on-people-begging-for-food/
Positive reinforcement in dog training. Done well. Thanks for your continuous advancement of better dig training.
This may come as a surprise to those who work in regulated professions, like teachers, doctors, lawyers, plumbers, nurses, etc. etc. etc.... but dog training isn't regulated. That means that those of us who take your hard-earned dosh to change the behaviour of the 50lb predator living with your kids can legally do so without a single credential At All. Scary? Heck yeah! So when you're choosing a dog trainer, do so carefully. Read the fine print. Did the trainer educate themselves with more than a few seminars? Does the trainer use techniques which may actually make the problem worse, such as shock collars or other harsh punishments? This article from Joan at The Inquisitive Canine, LLC has some helpful tips if you're looking...I always send people to the The Academy for Dog Trainers find-a-trainer page if they're looking for help: https://academyfordogtrainers.com/find-a-trainer https://inquisitivecanine.com/2018/01/08/how-to-find-a-dog-trainer/
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Hi, I found your page while searching for tips about puppies and play fighting. The information I found on your page has really put me at ease about my pups and their playtime. I now feel more relaxed and able to let them play safely. These are my inquisitive 9wk old Jrt pups Sparky & Spud 🐶🐶
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I am so thankful that I found you. I came across your blog while doing a Google search. I think reading your posts and reading your advice will be an essential part to the success of now becoming a 2 dog family. I was super nervous and anxious about adding a new puppy into our family since we already have an adult dog in the house who has never really had any other experience with other dogs. We've had the new puppy for 2 days now and things are going pretty well but their "playing" makes me very nervous as it gets pretty rough sometimes and I'm really nervous about the puppy getting accidentally injured. I don't know how much a puppy can take. The puppy is a 9.4lb English Labrador retriever and our adult dog is a 50lb English bulldog. I am looking forward to seeing your posts and advice to other dog owners. I think you will give me lots of piece of mind as I'm a natural worrier anyways. Lol
Here is a wonderful opportunity for you and your dog to enroll in a therapy dog training class, taught by Andrea Bratt, a wonderful, certified dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement training techniques! Registration is now open for All for Animals' next THERAPY DOG TRAINING CLASS, which starts on Saturday, July 11 at 11 am! Spaces fill up quickly, so please register today to ensure your space in our class!