Sit! Stay! Fetch! On today’s Animal Instinct, host Celia Kutcher is in studio with dog trainer and owner of Empire of the Dog, Denise Herman. Discussing the pitfalls of punishment when it comes to training dogs, Denise takes us through her training philosophy that has helped many owners and pets overcome a plethora of problems. Defining operant and classical conditioning and debunking the pack mentality, Denise gives Celia the facts and encourages dog owners everywhere to re-examine the use of choke and prong collars. Tune in for a great episode! This program was brought to you by Heritage Foods USA.

“Operant conditioning is a change in behavior based on cause and effect. Classical conditioning is what comes along for the ride – it’s always happening.” [7:30]

“Growling is your dog’s warning… in dog language it’s ‘please don’t make me bite you.'” [12:00]

Denise Herman on Animal Instinct