Good Dogs! ™

Dog Training is People Training All dogs are GOOD DOGS!  We believe it is people who have to be educated to understand dogs on their terms, to "bring out the good" in each dog so we can live together harmoniously. This show explores all aspects of communication between people and dogs --- whether they are K-9 partners in military work, purpose-bred and trained service dogs, competitors in dog sports, or pets --- from a newly-adopted senior dog or young puppy. Tracie is joined by co-host Carol Borden, a veteran of 60 years training people to train dogs. She is the founder of Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs, which has trained dogs through her college accredited/VA approved curriculum to work inside the Pentagon and other Department of Defense facilities alongside disabled staff members. Carol has also personally competed in the demanding sport of Schutzhund and has trained ex-military and police K-9 handlers to work at Guardian Angel training service dogs. NOTE: The first 77 GOOD DOGS! shows in the library were co-hosted by Tracie with three veteran trainers --- Gayle Watkins, Lise Pratt and Marcy Burke --- who bred agility performance Golden Retrievers. Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs (logo)

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Carol Borden


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Clicker Training—Good for Dolphins, Not So Much for Dogs

Good Dogs! (07-06-2022) #6109: Carol Borden talks about how clicker training was developed for performing dolphins and then transferred to dog training. She discusses why it is not a good tool for human-dog communication because it is dependent on very subtle timing. Tracie talks about how using a clicker is something she could personally never master because it was too hard to click — and then give a treat — at the precise instant when the dog gave the desired response.