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FAQ. What is clicker-training?

June 2022

Clicker training involves observing a behaviour in your dog, marking that behaviour, and then rewarding it. The behaviours are often movements your dog offers voluntarily, that we can build into the behaviours we want to train. The marker is typically a ‘click’ from a clicker device. However, it doesn’t have to be. Clickers work well because they are unique and precise, consistent, and devoid of any emotional overtone. But if you prefer to keep your hands free, the mark can be a spoken word like ‘good’, or a click of the tongue.

Remember Pavlov’s dog? Dogs learn by association. They also do what works. So, your dog quickly learns that a click predicts a treat, and that their behaviour controls the clicks. With these two lessons, you are on your way to a whole new world of communication between you and your dog, fostering a deep, positive bond. As well as being an excellent method of obedience training, it is also a valuable tool to develop your dog’s confidence. This is especially helpful when rehabilitating dogs who may be worried or may have lost their enthusiasm for life and learning.

How to read a paper - part 3

May 2022

The final of the 3-part series I wrote for Feline Focus, the ISFM's publication for vet nurses. This one is written for veterinary professionals and looks at putting research into practice. See the February and March posts for parts 1 and 2. (Click on the image to open the article.)

How to read a paper - part 2

March 2022

This is the 2nd in the 3-part series I wrote for Feline Focus, the ISFM's publication for vet nurses. For the first in the series, see the February post below. (Click on the image to open the article.)

How to read a paper. Part 1

February 2022

Here's my 1st article for Feline Focus, the ISFM's publication for vet nurses. This is the first in a 3-part series looking at 'How to read a paper'. If you're interested in reading original research papers, but not sure how to navigate the literature or evaluate what you're reading, then this series is for you. (Click on the image to open the article.)