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Drayton Michaels, Positive Reward Dog Trainer, March 26, 2013

Drayton Michaels is a positive reward dog trainer who specializes in helping people with pit bulls. He owns and operates Urban Dawgs and Pit Bull Guru. He graduated and was certified in dog training and behavior consulting in May 2007 from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, directed by award winning author and dog expert Jean Donaldson. In this interview, he stresses that pit bulls are like any dog, with the same motivations and dog behavior. He acknowledges that a pit bull "breed" does not exist, but works with pit type dog owners with positive reward training. You'll notice in his interview how he takes great care in not anthropomorphising dog behavior. Dogs are not "stubborn." There is no intent behind their behavior. Knowing this, he uses his skill set to time his rewards and kind consequences based on classical operant conditioning.

March 26, 2013 


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