Cognitive Behavioral Dog Training is nothing new. Motley Dog Training came into being because our founders loved two things, Dogs and Applied Psychology. After working with dogs and learning dog training techniques, more or less a lifetime endeavor, he knew there was a better way. There are many specialties in psychology, and they all offered tools to improve dog training. This is what all dog trainers try to do but, we stuck with the psychology and left the confines of conditioning behind. Psychology is better dog training.
Behaviorism and Condition died in the 60’s
Cognitive psychology originated in the 1960s in a break from behaviorism, which had held from the 1920s to 1950s that unobservable mental processes were outside the realm of empirical science. This break came as researchers in linguistics and cybernetics, as well as applied psychology, used models of mental processing to explain human behavior.
Much of the work derived from cognitive psychology has been integrated into other branches of psychology and various other modern disciplines such as cognitive science, linguistics, and economics. The domain of cognitive psychology overlaps with that of cognitive science, which takes a more interdisciplinary approach and includes studies of non-human subjects and artificial intelligence.
Cognitive Psychology influenced many Specialties
As the definition suggests, Cognitive Psychology influenced many specialties in psychology and beyond. Social Cognition, Evolutionary Psychology, Developmental Psychology and so on. The fact is that you could put cognitive in front of 100’s of things, and it would add to the study of that thing.
So, you can image that when the idea of putting cognition in front of dog training was proposed, the professors were not impressed. Human Psychologists have used dogs to understand human behavior from the very beginning. Psychology is where all dog training techniques originated. Motley Dog Training was studying animal cognition and using this advantage far before it was the cool things to do. The idea that dogs are far more similar than we would like to admit was obvious, not a groundbreaking idea in the world of Psychology.
Recent Research on dogs concludes: Dogs have a language
This is where we have always started at Motley Dog Training. It is your job to understand your dog, not your dog’s job to understand you. Now our lead dog has experience with training dogs in various languages, his first dog training experience was in German with a book from an old German Lady who was a serious proponent of punishment. Since his dog weighed almost as much as he did and couldn’t care less about pain, this tactic did not last long. We teach commands that get your brain telling your body what to say. Dogs are far better at reading non-verbal communication than we will ever be. This is tied to their senses, ability and instincts as predators and is an evolutionary adaptation for survival. All stuff we have used for decades.
Dogs can learn words
Yes your dog can learn words, just like humans we attach meaning to sounds or symbols, we organized the and call it a language. Dog having far better auditor range than people are far better at detecting sound and some dogs can learn many words. What if you knew the canine universal language and could make learning your babble easier and more meaningful. This is only one method of elaboration that we use to improve life and learning for dogs. It is also far easier to teach someone a different language if you know theirs.
People are always looking for a better way to bond with dogs and have better relationships with them so, why no learn their language? Again, do not panic, you only have to learn a few basic phases to learn the Motley Dog Basics, and we are here if you want more.
One of the first Motley Dog Basics we will cover is non-verbal comms.
A Motley Dog Basic is to learn how your dog communicates non-verbally and how you should lead and teach using non-verbal communication. (Motley, 1998). This is very similar to the work of Loftus and her study of eyewitness testimony. The work on eyewitness testimony is a good read. We have borrowed from other Great Psychologists in many specialties in Psychology. We also use rigorously tested and scientifically supported psychological therapy and techniques to help your dog.
Get Your Dog Thinking.
Human Psychologists came up with the idea that you can get your dog thinking. Yes, your dog is not a simple as reward or punish. They are capable of remembering, feeling and thinking. Our proudest moments are when our clients blurt out, “He really is smart!!” or similar expressions of surprise and enthusiasm. It is never a good idea to underestimate other animals. Even if you have the scariest dog on the planet, there is hope for your dog! Get your dog thinking.
Cognitive Psychology is better Dog Training
We have to add the behavioral in there so, that most people know we work with Canine animals not human animals but, we really train you both.
Our Teams Say it Best:
Motley dog training has been! Wonderful. My Australian shepherd/ border collie rescue has many issues including nipping, anxiety, over-protectiveness and a short temper for others.
Motley was great, he taught me how to read my dog and be able to see and avoid situations before they occur.
“Bond” With Your Dog Earn Trust
The bond and trust between my dog and I have only increased with the training we’ve done, and for this I’m very grateful. It’s a slow process, but we’ve made so much progress in the last 3 months.
Need Help Training Your dog, “Just can’t take it anymore?
I’d suggest Motley to anyone with a troubled pup looking for a trainer… or a parent who just can’t take it anymore! He’s a great guy who goes above and beyond to help, working with him has been a very positive experience for us all!
Thank you! Motley
Other stuff that only found at Motley Dog Training
Episodic/Elaboration, dog training techniques.
Training with Motley Dog Training is unlike any other dog training. We use Episodic/Elaboration, dog training techniques developed by us. There are many disciplines in the field of Psychology. MDT has taken tools from many specialties and created these methods based on how dogs and people work.
Motley is a K9 related to many breeds. Our training techniques came from many sources.
Funny but, Motley dog is the name of my little boy who is of many breeds with the personality of a pirate. In 2018, he lost his back leg. No peg leg, but, it is a perfect name for my Lil Boy and our company. Beyond “Arrgggh!”
What does this mean for you and your dog?
Even the best dog behaviorists or dog trainers use techniques that are based on distraction and conditioning. When you have an aggressive or an anxious dog, there are better methods based on psychology. Motley came up with Canine Cognitive Re-framing and other dog training techniques that are based on more advanced theories. Our techniques utilize how dogs think, learn and experience the world. There are many current articles and research publications that support our work.
Motley Dog theory of Canine Memory and Cognition:
Have you noticed that your dog often knows what you are about to do, even if you don’t want them too? Every meet someone who spent time in a dog training class only to fail to get their dog to sit out in the real world? This is because:
1. Dogs are masters of non-verbal communication. Our dogs get to know us and our behavior. You can not fool a dog.
2. They learn things in Episodes, what Cognitive Psychologists call Episodic Memory. We use the analogy of dog memory being like little videos. These episodic memories are very detailed.
The point is that your dog has to believe your commands, and these commands have to match that little movie in their head. This is similar to what we call state dependent learning.
The majority of Motley’s theory of canine memory can into being thanks to the groundbreaking work of Elisabeth Loftus and here work on episodic memory and eyewitness testimony. All I did was recognize our behavior in dogs. This is why Loftus and her team get the credit. I get a little PO when dog trainers take a great scientific theory or model and then try to take credit for it in the world of dog training. My personal favorites are those that just try to rip off someone else’s work and cram it into a conditioning paradigm. This never improves dog training or the poor theory or model that they have stolen.
Dog Toys and Dogs playing games is a natural way dogs learn. No, we do not mean the dog games you can buy at the pet store, We mean you and your dog having a good time together. You never know what you and your dog can accomplish if you learn the best techniques, are consistent, and work toward small victories every day.
Motley Dog Training Techniques are Simple
Our Teams Say it Best
Have an older Dog with Fear Aggression and Anxiety?
Motley Dog Training is teaching us how to resolve our older dog’s aggression and anxiety problems. We are learning techniques that are simple, yet firm, and when done consistently, are working.
Motley Designs Dog Training that Meet Your Dog’s Needs
It’s been a learning experience for us. Motley is very patient with our dog, and he is doing wonders with her specific training needs. I highly recommend Motley Dog Training to anyone who is looking for professional dog training.