This week has been exciting! As it was my first week actively working on training my dogs, I am very excited to share my initial progress. In this post I will be detailing my new learning from the week and this week’s progress.

New Learning:

As I had set out a plan for training last week, I wanted to give the sources I picked a fair chance to work with each of my dogs. So, instead of researching more tips on the tricks I am training, I chose to dive deeper into rewards during training. In the past I have always found positive reinforcement to work best with my dogs, making me want to research this further.

During my research, I came across the article Positive Reinforcement Training from the Humane Society of the United States Website. In this article is is suggested to use praise, treats, and toys as rewards for positive behaviours. I had always known that dogs respond well to receiving some pets or a treat, but I did not know why. Through this article I discovered that when a dog receives something they like for behaving in a certain way, they are more likely to repeat the behaviour. In training it is my goal to associate the tricks I am teaching with positive things, so I think positive reinforcement is definitely the way to go.

Though the reason why positive reinforcement works for training might seem common sense, there are many other factors in correctly executing this training strategy. I learned that understanding the philosophy of positive reinforcement does not exactly teach how to do it. I decided to practice following a few of the factors from the article, I have listed them below:

  • Timing: When rewarding a dog it is important to reward immediately after they preform the behaviour, otherwise they might not associate the reward with the behaviour.
  • Consistency: It is important to only reward the good behaviours in order to continue the positive association.
  • Rewarding Shaping Behaviour: Along with rewarding certain behaviours, in the beginning behaviours that are close should be rewarded too. This helps move dogs towards the target.

I found this website about halfway through the week, so I did not begin keeping these factors in mind until then. I found this new knowledge about positive reinforcement to cause my dogs to progress much quicker than they had been previously.

Progress Update:

Scout: This week Scout began to move through my legs with a lead (a small training treat). In the beginning he was apprehensive and would run around me, but he quickly caught on. I found asking him to sit and then leading him through my legs worked best.

Chex: This week I worked on holding my hand in-front of her and waiting for her to sniff it. As soon as her nose touched my hand I would say “boop” and give her a treat. Though she did not respond to the command, she very excitedly sniffed my hand each time I put it out.

Apollo: This week we worked on using his name as a command. If he looked at me when I used his name I would give him a small treat. Though I was not working on him coming to me from a distance, I did notice an improvement of his response to his name in the yard.

I have created a short video of each dogs progress for the week! Please note that the presence of a camera caused a bit of a distraction, making the video only a partial representation of their progress.

In the next week I will continue to work with each of my dogs following the outline I had set out for myself in last weeks post.


In my EDTC300 post, Technology in the Classroom: Exploring iMovie I chose to look into iMovie to use in my learning project. I was able to use this tool to create the video I have added to this post. While creating, I took a screen recording! I have included this recording with a voice over in that post, so feel free to check it out!

10 thoughts on “Progress!

  1. Hi Bridget! It’s so good to hear that you’re already seeing progress. Dog training can be both rewarding and challenging, but it’ll so worth it in the end! Great job and thanks for putting this video together! I’d recommend checking out Canva’s dog video templates – they could be a fantastic resource for adding that extra touch to your videos! Can’t wait to see your progress next week!

    1. Hey Mariia, I didn’t know that Canva had dog video templates. That’s so cool, I absolutely love Canva. I am so excited to look further into that. Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. Hello Bridget, I was excited to come check out your post, to see the progress with your learning project! It sounds like you’ve had an exciting week with significant progress in your dog training journey. Your deep dive into reinforcement and its principles is paying off, and it’s fantastic to see how quickly your dogs are responding. Scout’s new trick, Chex’s enthusiastic “boop,” and Apollo’s improved response to his name are all impressive achievements. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see more of your training adventures and the videos showcasing their progress!

    1. Hi Avery, thank you for your comment!
      I am so impressed with how quickly my dogs have been catching on. I hope we continue to have great progress to showcase! I really appreciate your encouragement!

  3. Hey Bridget!

    It seems like your Dogs are learning quickly! it’s crazy how well you can see their improvements as the video progresses. I think it’s great that you met each dog where they are at and chose skills that would challenge them but not so much that they become discouraged. I can’t wait to see what progress they make for next week!

    1. Hi Sarah, I agree that it was important to make sure each dog is working on something that is achievable for them! I can see that I am meeting them in a good place with all of their progress. Thank you for your comment!

  4. Scout’s progress is impressive! Moving through your legs with a lead is a big step. Your method of sitting and leading through your legs sounds very effective.

    1. Hi Brayden! Thank you so much, he has made so much progress. It can be tricky having him move through my legs as he is so big, but the routine of sitting first it seems to be working!

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