Tip of the Day

(Part 1)

The KISS Method

Have you ever stared wide-eyed and blank-faced at someone as they tried to explain something to you? Maybe while taking Harvard’s Math 551 or Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology? If so, you will understand the retention rate (or lack thereof) after the talking head finishes their convoluted spiel. Fun Paw Care doesn’t find that copacetic or, umm, FUN.

In any case, keep it simple stupid (KISS) is right on par when training dogs and why we subscribe to Occam’s Razor and The Principle of Parsimony. You don’t need to create some elaborate plan, intricate workup or deliver indecipherable jargon to a client. Dog training and behavior modification are about keeping the protocol as simple, humane, understandable and engaging as possible. Yes, with applied behavior analysis (ABA) a functional assessment (FA) is necessary with all behavior modification protocols, as well as taking your time and not cutting corners, but you can still KISS. Simplicity = compliance, and understanding from both the pet parents and their dog/s.

Sure, some clients thrive on and want to dive right into the details of the science of behavior (ethology) and others want to know the least amount possible and just want their dog’s behavior to change ASAP (yesterday). Of course, in today’s instant gratification society people sometimes forget to breathe and want a well-behaved dog, now. But we are talking about unique individuals and a relationship with someone, not something. The relationship with your dog will last for many, many years. As with all relationships in life, the linearity between the strength, depth, understanding, bond, and compassion, between you and your dog is directly correlated to a more meaningful, fruitful, fulfilling life and experience for both animals.

Simple Methods ≠ Incorrect Methods

Simplicity doesn’t mean uneducated, ignorant or dumb. Contrarily, making protocols and training understandable while still using the humane hierarchy of behavioral intervention2, the science of dog training and behavior, B.F Skinner’s 4 quadrants of operant conditioning…etc. While teaching 2 different species how to communicate is not an easy thing to do skillfully with or without the KISS method.

Always keep puppy training force-free, expedient, humane, pain/ stress-free, and efficient.

When a dog trainer is only with your dog and family for a few hours a week (in many cases less), out of 168 hours, it becomes extremely important that the client develops a crystal clear understanding of what’s going on and how to implement humane, force-free behavior change when the dog trainer is not there.

But Russ, don’t you add on countless details about discriminative stimuli, Stimulus Delta or Differential Reinforcement for reducing problem behaviors and all of the variables (DRA, DRI, DRO, DRH, DRL) and jargon utilized in the training and behavior modification arena? Yes and no. Explanations about why something is happening and how to create behavior change, explained in the easiest to understand jargon, is typically where the conversation goes and what the client wants to know. We cater to individuals with unique desires and learning styles (both 2 and 4 legged). So depending on the unique individual (human) we may amp up the geek-speak or tone it down. Having the ability to do this and to utilize these tools in one’s dog training and behavior modification arsenal is priceless!

As Al said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.“


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Math_55





Dog and puppy pictures are often in random order so make sure you scroll through all of these and other blog post pictures during the month if you are looking for your pup.
Dogs of Lincoln Road (DLR) – Pictures were taken, 05-04-2014  (Part 1)


Dog Running Around With Trainer

Can’t catch me!


I am just so handsome I can’t take it any more!

Puppy Giving Kisses

Kiss, please, maybe?

Fluffy Dog Being Pet

Hey! Watch the poof! I just had my hair did

Dog Sniffing Hand

Black Schnauzer Handsome Dog Smiles Yellow Lab With Dog Trainer Miami Picture - Fun Paw Care

Happy Puppy

Two Fluffy Puppies

Haha, I have a twig in my mouth, I love twigs! Hey mom, give me one too!

Adorable Puppy

Hey I want a twig as well!

Puppy Wants A Twig

I’m sad, mommy said I couldn’t have a twig.

Dogs Loving The Puppy Training

Still there!

Dogs Walking

I’m gonna go find a twig also in these bushes


Good sir, does my head look particularly round today?

Bulldog Tired After Long Day

Nahhhh, ais kiddin with you

Bulldog Playing Around

Leash who?

Mom Holding Dog

Dis is what the boys do when they see how pretty my mommy is

Eager Dog

Hmm, I wonder what I’d be doing now if I was a cat?

Pomeranian On A Walk Dog By The Water in Miami Dog Resting After Dog Training Classes Miami Picture - Fun Paw Care

Mom And Puppy

Do you likes dis profile?

Reunited Mom And Puppy

Or dis one?

Cute Dog Strutting Around

Blahh, it’s fashion you wouldn’t understand!

Little Dog

Dog Teeth

Can you tell I just had my teeth cleaned?

Happy dog

Puppy Teeth

Don’t tell anyone they’re veneers

Happy Puppy


This is the sound of my people

Go home dog, your drunk

Yummmm, you smell like pee and treats!

Contemplating barking

The face I make when someone asks me why I’m vegan

You want a close-up?

Is dis close enough?

Dog Training Miami (48)

How about now?

Finally a dry day so my hair stays straight!


Dukey boy!

Dog Training Miami (53)

Hi Dukester

Why yes, I have been called the raddest dog on South Beach, spank you very much

Sleepy puppy

Good thing we are at Starbucks!

Get me a double frappuccino mom!

HAHA, just kidding I can’t have caffeine I’m a dog, silly!

BUT, I can have some whipped cream. What do you got there cameraman?

Noms? For me!

You lie hoomin!

Now you have forced me to jump on you and kiss you

Dukester wants a closeup!

How does my right front leg look to you?

Send this one to Wilhelmina dog division!

Dog Training Miami (68)

We’re tired from our training session, naps, K?


Dreaming I am a Great Dane, don’t wake me!

I am a Clydesdale horse running through a field of daisies.


Kiss Dog Training, (Part 2)