Clicker Training to TAGteach for the Behaviorally Challendged

I’ve recent acquired two puppies. They are now about 6 months old.

This is Nymeria, She’s an Australian Cattle Dog mix. I got her in November and she was about 6 weeks old. She’s very independent and very energetic but is also anxious around new situations or people.  When she’s anxious her bark can sound very aggressive. With time, I’ve learned that means stay back, because I don’t know what to do. 

This is Noah. He is a Lab/ Shepard mix. I adopted him in Janurary from the East Coast Adoption when he was about 11 weeks old. Noah is the opposite of Nymeria. when he’s alone, he’s calm and likes to chill. So far he doesn’t seem to have any baggage. 

So why am i introducing them to every one. In Feburary, it was clear they were going to need some training or they were going to control me and my household and it would be very easy for Nymeria to become the Alpha in the home. 

So we started Clicker training. Our first 8 weeks was Puppy Head Start and it was intended to introduce clicker training to those who had never used it before as well as starting the basic obedience class for puppies. They both did very well in the class, but as with all babies and children, training must continue. 

Being a therapist, and having completed the 8 week Puppy Head Start course, I realize that clicker training is a combination of Classical Conditioning and Operant Conditioning to obtain a desired result. I learned all of this in much more detail in college, in my Learning and Motivation class. 

I went online and realized that I could take Karen Pryor’s class on clicker training. Knowing more would definitely help continue with my puppy training. But as I was thinking about how to do this, the instructor in my Tricks class, started talking about shaping behavior to get a desired behavior. 

Being the analyst that I am, I started thinking about if this could be applied to children and especially to those children who have extreme behaviors and difficulty being rewarded for any positiive behavior because it seems to be far and between the negative unwanted behavior. I did some research and found that I was not the only one with this idea. Martha Gabler wrote a book on her whole personal experience called “Chaos to Calm: Discovering Solutions to the Everyday Problems of Living with Autism. 

This blog will be about my journey of training 2 puppies with very different personalities and learning to incorporate Teaching with Acoustical Guidance (TAGteach) in combination with using Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. 

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