first training book

HTTYD books: first & last lines

We’re two trapped girls with nothing but each other on a ship of people who’d be better off with us dead, and somehow on top of that we’ve managed to do the one thing we shouldn’t be able to do.

The Abyss Surrounds Us • Emily Skrutskie • February 2016

And here comes the Catch 22: If you care a lot about which specific motivators your dog enjoys, it is very likely that you will add pressure to the game – not on purpose, but as a function of your underlying interest. It’s the classic ‘oh please take this tug that I am stuffing into your face’ problem. Rather than being fun, you begin to represent pressure to your dog, which will only make him avoid both you and the stimulus you are trying to force him to enjoy. You wanting it to be a motivator does not make it a motivator; motivation is internal to the individual. What you CAN do is learn excellent techniques of offering various motivators in ways that are likely to bring out your dog’s natural interest in these things. 

The more you can squash your own desire to have your dog love food, toys, or personal play, the more likely it is that you will succeed in this regard.


Denise Fenzi & Deb Jones, Play! (2015), p. 26.

File under: things I need to write on my hand and keep in my head and my heart at all times.