Games-based concept training for deaf dogs by Natalie Rogers

What is concept training?

Concept training focuses on how dogs perceive and respond to the world around them. Veterinary behaviorist Dr Tom Mitchell refers to concept training as “reshaping the brain”1.

Rather than focusing on individual behaviors like “sit”, we grow concepts like:

Optimism2 (when faced with a new/novel/strange situation, the dog views this as a good thing, not a scary thing),
Disengagement (there is value in walking away from things that they want or things that are scary – that squirrel/dog/visitor is “none of my business”