Simon Prins

The Unacknowledged Pioneers: A Tale of Integrity, Innovation, and Hope in the Dog Training World

In the expansive world of dog training, a practice as ancient as our bond with these dogs, I’ve observed an unsettling trend over the years: the act of copying the hard-earned work of others, adding a new label, and marketing it as a groundbreaking invention. This blatant plagiarism raises a multitude of questions about the […]

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Dog training is more then just following a protocol

When training a dog, there is much more to it than just following a protocol or a spreadsheet. Training a dog properly takes more than scientific research and data – it takes a mix of science, heart, and mind. The science of dog training is an ever-evolving field. New research is constantly emerging on training

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The Keep Going Signal (KGS) part 2

One of the key components of successful animal training is the use of keep-going signals. Keep-going signals are cues that you give your dog to let them know that they are doing something right and should continue. Keep-going signals are most commonly used in positive reinforcement training, the most popular training method animal trainers use

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Dunning Kruger Effect in detection training

We often discuss the Dunning Kruger effect when I meet detection dog trainers during my workshops. Because watching an experienced detection dog combination work seems so easy. The trainer gently handles the dog through a search area, moves in a structured way, and communicates calmly. The mechanical skills that the trainer uses to handle the

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Why are criteria so important?

When training animals, establishing criteria is one of the essential steps in the process. It is the foundation for successful animal training, setting the parameters for the behaviors you will reward and reinforcing consistency, clarity, and boundaries. Establishing criteria helps to ensure that the animal is learning the desired behavior. Criteria can be defined as

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The bridge or a Keep Going Signal

Animal training is essential in helping dogs develop good behaviors and new skill sets. So they can become detection champions, good patrol dogs, wildlife detection dogs, service dogs, or just well-behaved members of society. Knowing the difference between a bridge and a keep-going signal (KGS) is essential to help dogs understand what is expected of

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