This Index for the Basics of Dog Training is part of the Beginners Course of
the D.S. Dog Training Workshop, and an element of the Dog Science Network

Comprehensive Behavioral Conditioning for Dogs
Section One of the Beginner's Course

Dog Training Basics

Page One:
The Emotional Life of Your Dog
To Control Your Dog's Emotions Is to Control Your Dog
Happenstance Training versus Command Training
The General Idea of Happenstance Training
The Phenomenon of Once in a Lifetime Behavior Problems
Page Two:
The Potential of Young Dogs to Master Simple Lessons
Starting Early Gives You a Leg Up
The Critical Stage of Development
The Power of First Responses
Page Three:
The Rule of First Responses
The Need to Hit the Ground Running
The List of Cans and Can'ts and Do's and Don'ts
Page Four:
Introduction to the Formula for Changing Behavior
The Formula for Changing Behavior
Plugging In the Formula
The Formula Applied
The Formula in a Nutshell
Three Chances to Test Your Grasp of the Formula
Page Five:
The Advantage of the Three Pronged Approach
The Formula Applied in the Micro and the Macro
Making the Components Work
Reinforcing Incompatible Responses
The Science of Reinforcing in a Compelling Manner
Reinforce Immediately
Reinforce with Intensity
Reinforce Continuously
Page Six:
Intermittent Reinforcement
Fading Reinforcement For Established Responses
Try to Generate a Little Excitement
Remove All Unnecessary Aversives from the Process
The Most Reinforcing Reinforcers of All
Primary Reinforcers
Using Food as a Reinforcer
Page Seven:
Using Touch as a Reinforcer
The Triple Whammy of Vocal Stimuli
The Gladdening Voice
Good Dog
Good Dog as a Potent Reinforcer
Page Eight:
Keeping the Focus on Fun
Reinforcement in Review
Putting Yourself in the Right Frame of Mind
Extinction Procedures
Happenstance Recap
Formula Recap
Punishment - the Third Component
Page Nine:
The Definition of Punishment
The Science of Transforming Misbehavior
A Word About Brutality and Severe Punishment
Exploiting the Disparity Between Pre- and Post-Punishment Conditions
Using Reinforcement to Make Punishment More Effective & Less Necessary
Big Fun
Getting Down to Specifics
The Three Recommended Punishment Techniques
The Human Voice as a Punisher
The Unsettling Voice
Page Ten:
Body Language and the Unsettling Voice
The Corrective Tap
Using Spray Mist as a Means of Punishing Your Dog
Page Eleven:
Keep Punishment as Brief as Possible
The Definition of Continuous Punishment
Strive for Continuous Punishment
Avoid Situations that Might Force You to Punish Too Often
On the Intensity of Your Punishment Procedures
Align the Procedure with the Magnitude of the Offense
Page Twelve:
Gear the Procedure to the Disposition of Your Dog
You Must Quickly Arrive at an Effective Level of Intensity
If It Don't Fly Now, It Won't Fly Later - Neither
Final Happenstance Training Recap
Reinforcement: The First Component
When Reinforcing Desirable Behavior
Extinction Procedures: The Second Component
Punishment: The Third Component
When Punishing Undesirable Behavior
When You Put it All Together

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This Index for the Basics of Dog Training is part of the Beginners Course of
the D.S. Dog Training Workshop, and an element of the Dog Science Network