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Mike L's Great Pyrenees dog Tavish - mikes-tav...

Mike L’s Great Pyrenees dog Tavish – mikes-tavish-dog (Photo credit: mikebaird)

In Russ’s Favorites you will discover my recommendations for reading, training equipment, force free training links, training related videos, quotes and more that will enhance your relationship and training with your canine companion.  Everything you find here will be based on the principles of force free training and positive reinforcement.

Head wraps  or thinking caps are believed to increase sensory input to both hemispheres of the brain, improving communication between each side of the brain that may shut down during moments of anxiety and high arousal. Our Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog, Kylie, is often reactive to noises outside of the home and has difficulty calming herself. Wearing her Thinking Cap several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes has helped her be less reactive and able to recover more quickly.  As a result Kylie has been able to take advantage of behavioral training and learn to respond to the cue to be “Quiet” which is then reinforced with a treat.

Thinking Caps are recommended for anxious and reactive dogs promoting calm and focus to facilitate learning.

Thinking Caps are recommended for anxious and reactive dogs promoting calm and focus to facilitate learning.

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