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The Phoebe Chronicles XVI: The Dharma of Clicker Training

Clicker training is especially interesting when viewed through a Zen lens. Take these words of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk, poet, and peace advocate:

"Every day we touch what is wrong, and, as a result, we are becoming less and less healthy. That is why we have to learn to practice touching what is not wrong—inside us and around us."

This is the fundamental realization that we make when we first become clicker trainers. Focusing on what we don't want leads to more of what we don't want. Turn your focus to the behaviors you do want in order to see more of these behaviors. The others will disappear.

Podcast: The Phoebe Chronicles IV: Phoebe Goes to School

Listen to Gale's podcast (available at the bottom of the page) to find out how she deals with training a dog during the winter months when we are often forced inside. Read the original article here.

Phoebe Chronicles On The Go!

Heading to the shore? Print and pack The Phoebe Chronicles, beach reading for dog lovers everywhere.