Manners Minder and Me – The Science Dog


Well, 18 months later the product was out. The Treat & Train® Dog Training System (now called the MannersMinder®) for decreasing barking, jumping, door dashing, and other unruly behaviors that dogs exhibit when guests come to the door. The techno-gadget part of the system is a remote-controlled kibble-dispensing machine that emits a tone and immediately releases a treat when your dog performs the correct behavior. The key is the timing—now owners can time the reward right as their dog performs the correct behavior without having to fumble for the food or run up to Dozer to deliver the treat. As a result, the dog finally understands exactly what he is doing right as he does it.

MannersMinder is a remote-controlled reward system that uses positivereinforcement for training dogs to behave appropriately at home.

Now, Premier Pet sells the Treat&Train® as the MannersMinder®. While it comes with a protocol for training dogs to behave politely when guests come to the door, I originally intended for this to be just an example of the use of this device and the steps used to train this final complex behavior. I’d hoped that people would understand that these same steps could be used to help dogs in many situations—to be calm in a crate, to help treat separation anxiety, for a training agility pause table, and go outs. I also intended for the device to be used to train dogs to work at a distance and independently. To my pleasure, many people use it to train their dogs in just these ways. I’ve seen trainers use it to teach dogs to work independently for scenting, precise military work, agility, and more. Veterinanrians and certified applied animal behaviorists use it for dogs with separation anxiety, inter-dog issues and overarousal in the car. Personally, I use it on a daily basis for a variety of routine as well as fun behaviors—training tricks, rewarding calm down when the gardener arrives, training agility contacts, and other experiments in training.

Mar 2, 2016 - Manners Minder and Me

Manners Minder for dogs combines positive reinforcement with remote training. This was an experiment. Our success with the dual reinforcement setup had a lot to do with the dogs’ history with me. Offering a powerful reinforcer for leaving a husbandry session could backfire if a dog didn’t have a strong reinforcement history for staying. I’m not necessarily recommending it. I wrote in another post about the . That risk is very clear in my game with the Manners Minder.

Crate Training Your Dog Using The Treat & Train (AKA Manners Minder)

My dogs love dehydrated liver they also like cooked chicken.
My little really loves baby carrots and they are low calorie.
When I use my manners minder I use Zukes Salmon flavor
My dog also get Roll Over for training treats.
Now my dogs also love toys and they will tugg for a reward.

MannersMinder Overview (a.k.a. Treat and Train) - YouTube