Non-Reward Markers have long been used in dog training, but are they really necessary? And what drives our choice to use an NRM? A NRM, sometimes called a No Reward Marker, could be a word people use to freeze a dog from making a poor choice during training or even be something like, “ah”, “no”, “hey”, “stop”. I’m covering how things have changed for me and the use of Non-Reward Markers over the years and what we can do instead.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Why to consider the balance of compassion and ambition.
  • About the impact of using non-reward markers in dog training.
  • Why to use the ABC model to create clarity for dogs.
  • Personal experiences with my dogs over the years.
  • Why manipulating the environment sets dogs up for shaping success.
  • How making a small shift in dog training prevents frustration.
  • Why to play the "Muffin Tin Game" and how it encourages dogs to offer behaviors.
  • About considering experimental design and set up.

Resources :

  1. Podcast Episode 37: Dog Training as a Career
  2. YouTube Playlist: Puppy Essentials with Susan Garrett Dog Training
  3. Podcast Episode 70: Critical Info for Your Puppy’s First Day and Night at Home
  4. Podcast Episode 234: How To Stop Puppy Biting: Avoid Mistakes With Susan Garrett’s Backup Plan
  5. Podcast Episode 64: Help! How Can I Tell My Dog He’s Wrong?
  6. Podcast Episode 172: How To Teach Your Dog Anything With My Training Plan
  7. Podcast Episode 202: Getting A Happy Well Behaved Dog With The ABCs Of Training
  8. Podcast Episode 16: The Thing Before Your Dog’s Thing
  9. Podcast Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home
  10. Podcast Episode 245: Make Dog Training Easy! Quick Guide To Antecedent Arrangements
  11. Blog Post: Positive Dog Training and the Difference in Shaping
  12. Podcast Episode 44: Using Coincidences and Positive Associations in Dog Training
  13. Podcast Episode 69: Clicker Training: Will It Work For Every Dog?
  14. Podcast Episode 6: The Art of Manipulation
  15. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior
  16. Podcast Episode 250: Expectations Vs Reality: Navigating The Path To Dog Training Success
  17. Podcast Episode 230: Finding Joy Amidst Frustration And Shame In Dog Training – DeCaff’s Story Part 2
  18. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats #24
  19. Podcast Episode 201: Can Dog Training Be Effective, Efficient AND Compassionate?
  20. Podcast Episode 78: How to Train a Rescue Dog with Behavior Problems
  21. Podcast Episode 175: Food Luring VS Shaping In Dog Training: How Science Changed How I Teach Dogs
  22. Podcast Episode 217: Understanding Emotional Regulation In Dogs To Create Calm
  23. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube