Extinction Burst

You walk up to the elevator. Push the button…… Wait. Push the button…… Wait. Push the button…… Wait. “One more fucking time, and I’m taking the stairs” you say. Push the button…… PUSH THAT STUPID PIECE OF SHIT BUTTON 55 GOD DAMN TIMES!!!!!! Quit, and take the stairs. That’s the extinction burst. It’s the burst or “trying” that happens just …

Is “Pit Bull” A Breed?

Holy shit this discussion pisses me off. I’ve written and deleted 4 different versions of this, just because they turn in to me ranting unintelligibly. So…… I’ll try again. 1- Is there a breed called Pit Bull? Yes. Yes, there is a breed called Pit Bull. The UKC started registering the American Pit Bull Terrier in 1898. Other groups have …

Winning in Tug

So….. Do you let the dog “win” while playing tug or not? Do you EVER let the dog “TAKE” the toy? That, is the question. This is such a readily answered question in dog training, that even folks without dogs have an answer for it! So….. Where do I stand on the issue? There is no “winning” the toy! I …

Tug: 2.0

So….. If you’ve read the blog at all, you know I’m a fan of tug. Particularly, in the Balabanov tradition, with Ellis making a close second. They’ve always said that it develops: 1. Engagement 2. Relationship 3. Language of training (terminal bridge, intermediate bridge, & no reward mark) 4. Impulse control 5. A high value “reward event” that isn’t food …

Jay Jack Pit Bull 101 Workshop!

I have been asked to come to Monaca, PA and give a workshop on my approach to the Bully Breeds! August 30th, 9am. Lecture Portion: We will cover the history of the breed, how it truly affects temperament, and my approach to helping the troubled ones. Also, which of the old school methods may still have a place in a …