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On this blog I share stories of my animal training adventures, information about the science of animal training and behavior, and tips and advice to help you improve your training. 

Join me as we explore the best training strategies for creating fast learning, effective communication, and enthusiastic, willing animals.

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~Mary Hunter
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Recent posts from the StaleCheerios blog


Musing about movement cycles

Recently, my friend Cindy sent me a great video from agility dog trainer Susan Garrett. The video shows Susan shaping two of her dogs to jump on a cooler. Both dogs are eight-year-old border collies owned by Susan. Both dogs are pretty smart pups with an extensive history of training. However, the second dog learns […]

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A picture of the book "Teaching horses with positive reinforcement" by Katherine Bartlett

Teaching horses with positive reinforcement (A book review)

Earlier this month, I purchased a paperback copy of Katherine Bartlett’s new book, “Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement.” The book arrived in my mailbox at the end of last week, and I’ve enjoyed browsing through it over the past several days. Many of you may already be familiar with Katherine (Katie) Bartlett. Her main website, […]

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Can two people clicker train at the same time?

Can two people clicker train at the same time?

During my group dog training classes, there are several people and dogs in the room. Each person has a clicker and is clicking when his or her dog does the correct behavior. New students always ask, “Won’t my dog get confused? How will my dog know to distinguish between my click and somebody else’s click?” […]

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Dear Professor

Last week, I wrote about how I learn the names of the students in my undergraduate class. This week, I’d like to share some thoughts with you about how my students learn my name. This may seem like it should be pretty easy for the students. However, for some of my students, I’ve realized that […]

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The alternative to “trying harder”

Every semester, I have somewhere between 30-50 students in the undergraduate course that I teach. That’s a lot of names to learn! I’m not good at learning names. I’ll get “Mike”and “Mark” mixed up. Or, I won’t be able to keep straight the two students who always sit together. And never mind the student who […]

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Quote - the organism is always doing something

Help! My dog does nothing during shaping

“The continuousness of behavior means that the organism can be thought of as always doing something.” In September, I shared this quote on my blog and discussed how it relates to “problem” behaviors. You can find that post here. However, this quote also relates to shaping. If you spend some time on YouTube, you can […]

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