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Service Dog Training Institute


Handler Training Skills

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Want to Become a Better Trainer for Your Service Dog Candidate?
The vast majority of mistakes your dog makes are actually handler training errors. Here is a list of...
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Teaching Your Service Dog to Heel
There is much confusion in the service dog world about what is heeling is and isn't. Before we can start...
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Counter Conditioning
Desensitization and counter conditioning are often paired together to achieve better results. For example,...
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Are You a Recipe Trainer or a Concept Trainer?
Your approach to dog training can make or break your service dog’s success! Everyone has skills...
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What is The Role of Contrafreeloading in Training a Service Dog?
One of the terms we may hear bandied about in training dogs is "contrafreeloading". It's an interesting...
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Handling Errors in Owner-Trained Service Dogs
Making errors can be very stressful for a dog, especially one working in public where the spotlight is...
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When Do We Need to Do Remedial Training with a Service Dog?
As you progress through training your own service dog, you will find that there are behaviors that your...
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How to Use the Clicker to Shape Your Dog's Behavior
SDTI uses shaping as one of the training approaches to help a dog learn new behaviors.  It can be...
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What Are the Best Learning Environments for Your Puppy?
Start in a familiar environment (at home with familiar people). Choose the basic skills you need your...
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Answers to Video Observations
Here is a list of behaviors that can be observed from the videos in the previous blog post. You may see...
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Sharpen Your Dog Behavior Observation Skills!
Observation skills are critical to developing good clicker skills. You can easily improve your powers...
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Keeping Training a Service Dog Simple
Training your own service dog seems like a complicated long term and in depth process, and it is! Keeping...
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