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Shaping and Targeting

Targeting vs. Luring

Soon after learning that a click marks the exact behavior and tells the animal what earned its reward, newcomers to clicker training wonder how to go about getting that clickable behavior. On this point, the answer they hear depends on whom they ask.

The 10 Laws of Shaping Revisited

The quest for greatness

Spa Day: How to Train Your Dog to Love a Bath, a Brushing, or Even a Mani/Pedi

Imagine a life where your dog loves being groomed. When you pull out the brush or nail trimmers, your dog comes running—just as if you opened a new bag of treats. How would that make you feel?

It is never too late to train your pet to love being bathed or brushed. With a little time and patience, you and your puppy, adult, or senior dog can look forward to sharing relaxing grooming time.

Shaping Success

Free shape—or not?

Ignorance is Bliss: Real-World Use of Modifiers with a Search & Rescue Dog

A search-and-rescue start