Before my recent episode on latency in dog training, we took a social media poll on cue response times. 62% of people thought their dogs responded too slow. So, to help, this episode covers all the elements that create fluent behavior and what’s truly behind a dog’s response time to a cue. One of the most significant elements can be what we believe to be true about dogs. We’re also looking at the difference between true fluency and a dog's good grasp of a behavior.

In the episode you'll hear:

  • Why people often mistake partial understanding of a behavior for fluency.
  • What I mean by generalizing a dog’s behavior to all contexts.
  • About training my “high” Border Collie, Buzz, for agility.
  • How to create enthusiasm and joy in your dog for behaviors.
  • My six criteria for dog behavior fluency.
  • Why instilling joy is always the first step in dog training.
  • That “will” is a function of skill and environment.
  • That our beliefs are not truths but personal perceptions.
  • How we download and accept information from authority figures in our lives.
  • Why the beliefs and labels of others aren’t your truths.
  • Why I stopped giving dogs “time outs” over a decade ago.
  • Why I think I’ve been successful at positive reinforcement dog training.
  • What to do when frustration, anger, or disappointment sets in with your dog.
  • That dogs aren’t mad or spiteful when acting out, they’re dysregulated.
  • About fright, flight, freeze, or please reactions to stressors.
  • The questions to ask yourself when toxic thoughts or emotions arise.
  • Why we need to teach dogs from a place of environmental success in layers of joy.
  • My steps for releasing limiting beliefs and toxic thinking.