Meet Mr Biscuit The Amazing Border Collie
Meet Mr Biscuit, the adorable pup that knows how to read and count playing cards, add, subtract and shoots Basketball like Michael Jordan! Learning over 300 tricks, 900 words and 200 hand signals in his first year! This amazing Border Collie learns 3 to 4 new words everyday without any actual training sessions! (I will explain in this article) Mr Biscuit has been featured in the New York Post, MSN, KSL.com, Daily Mail, Caters News & Media, Newsflare, Yahoo News, Story Trender, Border Collie Fan Club, Dailymotion, Live Leak.com, LADbible, Storyful.com, ABC news, Herald Media, Bryan County News, Funny Dog Tv, Petoskey News, BitChute.com, UNILAD, Aol.com, Follow News, One News Page and many other media outlets all over the world.
🐾 So how does he learn so much so fast?
Easy, I just teach him how to learn! I don’t really have to train him, so to speak! It’s all about creating a unique bond that’s fun for my dog and allows us to communicate! It’s really about training the trainer, not the dog! I have a unique way of teaching him how to learn on his own… without any training sessions! Learn the real science behind communicating with your dog, and you’ll never have to train a dog again! See why my dogs learn 48x faster than dogs trained with clickers & treats… and that’s without any training sessions!
🐾 Dogs are much Smarter than you think!
Dogs have a unique ability to learn, they are one of the few animals that understand abstract thinking, such as looking at an object a human is pointing to rather than looking at the finger itself. A recent study conducted suggested that dogs process and learn language the same way that humans do, and they are able to distinguish significant words from insignificant words. Dogs are also able to recognize human faces both in photographs and in person, processing the images in the part of the brain that deals with communication, emotional expression, and storing memories. Learn the science behind it here!
🐾 Studies show dogs prefer praise over food or treats!
Spending over 40 years training dogs I learned a long time ago that dogs prefer praise over food… why? It’s part of a dog’s DNA, it’s natural instinct to bond with its owner or pack leader! Acceptance & praise is what releases oxytocin and dopamine in your dog’s brain! This is what creates such a unique natural bond in dogs that can never be matched by treats!
Here’s why, studies prove that praise and positive interactions between dogs and their owners show a 130% increase in the brain’s release of oxytocin and dopamine in both the dog and their owners! Oxytocin and dopamine are neurochemicals released by the brain that are directly associated with positive feelings and bonding!
Compare that to treats which will only keep your dogs attention for a few minutes and only show a 20% increase in these same neurochemicals when given to their dog as a reward!! You gotta ask yourself, how good is treat training if it will only keep your dog’s attention for a few minutes, and science proves it to have very little neurochemical value?
Learn more here: Study proves dogs prefer praise over treats
🐾 Your dog should love you for more than just dispensing food to them!
Creating a unique bond with your dog is far more complex than just giving it treats! Your dog should love you for more than just dispensing food to them!! Leaning on treats to grow your relationship with your dog can prevent the relationship from reaching a deeper, more meaningful level. See how I make my daily routine into a learning game for my dog, that motivates him to learn 24 hours a day… without treats!
Think about this, clicker & treat training tells you to spend 30 minutes a day for weeks and sometime months just to teach your dog one trick. My dogs learn multiple tricks & words every day without any actual training sessions or treats… my dogs literally train themselves!!
Learn more here!
🐾 It was me who needed to be trained, NOT MY DOG!!
Let’s be honest, who wants to keep up with, and carry clickers & treats around with them all day? And if you don’t carry them around, how do you reward good behavior throughout the day? Not to mention treats are unhealthy for your dog! And how many treats can you give your dog a day? All that adds up to a very inconsistent and time consuming training method that is clumsy and outdated (discovered by BF Skinner in 1937)!! But modern science of dog training has changed a lot since then!
Don’t get me wrong, clicker & treat training does work! I”ve used it for over 40 years and I still train my other animals with this method, chickens, pigs, horses, squirrels, cats, etc, etc! But dogs are social animals and much better at learning and processing language than any other animal. It’s also a good option for people that just don’t have the time to develop a more meaningful relationship with there dog, but would still like to teach basic commands like… sit, shake, stay, speak, lay down… etc, etc!
I say this because I started out training dogs and other animals with clickers & treats over 40 years ago, before I learned it was me who needed to be trained, NOT MY DOG!!
🐾 Why I’m not a big fan of clicker & treat training!
The funny thing about traditional clicker & treat training is, your told to spend 15 minutes, twice a day training your dog! Clicker & treat trainers will tell you if you train more than that your dog will lose interest… what? That sound like your dog is not very interested in your training method to begin with! Think about this, two 15 minutes sessions is only 30 minutes a day, but what they don’t tell you is, dogs learn 24 hours a day!!
That’s 23 1/2 hours every day that good behavior is not reinforced and bad behavior is learned! This is why clicker & treat training is so inefficient! Dogs that learn 24 hours a day, in a real life environment can learn 48x faster than dogs trained with clickers & treats… and that’s without any actual training sessions!!
Think about this, if one of your children only went to school 30 minutes a day, but your other child went to school for 8 hours a day, which one would learn faster?
Mr Biscuit’s ability to learn 24 hours a day, in a real life environment, is why he can learn just about any trick within minutes… not days or even weeks!! You simply can’t build a meaningful relationship with your dog by just dispensing treats to them for 30 minutes a day!
🐾 Dogs are pack animals, here’s why you must understand this to build a unique bond with your dog!
I’ve seen, heard and read a lot written about being the pack leader of your dog. Most of it is just wrong. I’ve seen on one extreme where people say there’s no such thing as pack leadership! Just ask yourself this question, how would you train your dog if it doesn’t look to you for leadership? Denying pack leadership exist will only limit your dog’s ability to learn and bond, because it takes the dog and handler relationship out of the equation and substitutes it by saying treats are the answer to everything.
Dogs are undisputedly direct descendants of wolves! Wolves care for each other as individuals. They form friendships and nurture their own sick and injured. Pack structure enables communication, the education of the young and the transfer of knowledge across generations. This is what pack leadership is all about! It has absolutely nothing to do with being mean, abusive or dominating your dog!
It means you have earned their trust, their respect and they look to you for guidance and leadership! Most of all it creates a unique bond, this unique bond is a survival instinct that is given to them by god! Dogs do not learn from the weaker or inexperienced dogs in the pack, this is why they have survived for thousands of years! Your dog doesn’t follow you around the house because it’s a solitary animal!
Read this article about how wolves learn and why they are undoubtedly pack animals by world renowned wolf experts, Jim and Jamie Dutcher who spent over 25 years living with and studying wolves in the wild: https://www.livingwithwolves.org/about-wolves/social-wolf/
Here’s exactly how he learns without any training sessions!
🐾 So exactly how does Mr Biscuit learn so fast?
The simple answer is I don’t use clickers & treats! This is why I explained the power of creating a unique bond with your dog! I focus on showing him how to learn words associated to items and actions… without any training sessions!
How do I do that? Easy! I don’t train him, I show him how to learn! You’ve heard the old saying ” you can give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day, or you can teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime” by showing him how to learn, he can learn on his own 24 hours a day (unlike clicker & treat training)!
Mr Biscuit has been able to learn over 300 tricks, 900 words and 200 hand signals in his first year! By teaching him how to learn words, I don’t have to train him, I simply talk to him! To explain it a little better, let’s say I want him to get the butter out of the fridge, bring it to me and set it on my plate. Since he already knows the words, butter, get, fridge, bring it, set it down, plate, all I have to do is verbally coach him through it, which usually only takes a couple of minutes! Click here to see the butter trick
I use verbal and hand cues to let him know he’s doing the right thing. He only has one verbal cue that confirms he’s doing what I ask “good boy” lets him know he’s on the right track. That’s why when you watch his videos you’ll probably get tired of hearing me say good boy, but he looks for that each step of the way, it’s just how we communicate!
Note: By not training with treats he can bring any food item and has no interest in eating it… it’s the interaction and attention (The trick itself ) that motivates him, NOT THE FOOD!
🐾 How does he learn so many words so fast?
How does he learn words? That’s really easy “touch” was one of the first words he learned (I will explain how below). So for example, when I’m making my toast in the morning, I would set the butter down in front of him and say “touch butter” by pointing at it and saying “touch butter” he knew “touch” but not “butter” by doing this in my normal daily routine (no training sessions) he would learn to associate the word “butter”with the item within a few days.
Once he learned “touch” I could point at anything and tell him “touch… butter, ball, spoon, oven mitt, fridge, remote… etc, etc” you get the point! By having him touch everything I point at throughout the day, he’s able to easily learn 3 to 4 new words each and everyday, without any training sessions! He eventually began touching things without me pointing at them and looking at me to tell him what that item is! Now you can see why I say my dogs can train themselves! Because they do!! The only thing I do is show him how to learn!
I have never “trained him” all of his videos are filmed the very first time that he attempted that particular trick! Click here to see the butter trick
🐾 How does he learn actions associated to words?
Another way he learns words and the action associated with it is by labeling things he normally does! Let me explain, for example, in my normal daily routine, keep in mind, we are always together! I will take him out to pee, as he is peeing I simply repeat the word “pee, pee” while he’s peeing! If he jumps over something then I will repeat the word “jump” while he’s jumping or “run” while he’s running!
Within a few days he will have learned the words and the action associated with it through “action association” without any training sessions!! This method is how he learned “touch” when he was a pup and pawed at something I would repeat the word “touch” this method of learning is why he learns so much so fast!
🐾 How does he learn hand signals?
Learning hand signals is one of the easiest thing for him to learn! Let me explain why, I don’t have to train him to learn hand signals, because he already knows the words for the commands I give him! This is the best part of not training your dog! By not using clickers & treats and never having any “training sessions” he learns 24 hours a day!
So in my normal daily routine, I talk to my dogs just like I would talk to my best friend! So now all I have to do is ad in a hand signal while I talk to him and he will pick up on those hand signals, just the same way he learns words though “item association” only this would be “signal association” and sense he learns 24 hours a day, he’s able to learn 3 to 4 new hand signals each day… without any training sessions! This is why clicker & treat training will never allow your dog to reach their full potential!
🐾 Here’s why he learns any trick in less than 10 minutes!
So now you can see how he learns tricks so fast, it’s because he already knows the words! I never spend time teaching him how to do a trick! I wait till he already knows the words! Then it only takes me a few minutes to verbally coach him though it! The only thing I do is show him how to learn!
🐾 So, what is Mr Biscuit’s reward?
This is the part most trainers just don’t understand! It’s the interaction and attention (The trick itself ) that motivates him, NOT FOOD! Your dog’s ability to communicate with you is far more rewarding for him than any treat! It’s that unique bond that he values the most! It’s scientifically proven to be the highest value reward you can give your dog!!
🐾 Why Mr Biscuit’s recall is guaranteed every time, no matter what!!
Recall is by far the most important thing for your dog to learn (for the safety of your dog)! Mr Biscuit’s recall is absolutely guaranteed, every time, any time, from over a mile away, no matter what he’s doing or what the distractions are!
I’ve been training dog for over 40 years, and I can tell you the absolute hardest thing to teach any dog is recall! Here’s what the “clicker” people will never admit! You will NEVER teach an absolute guaranteed recall from a long distance using the “voice, clickers & treats” training method!
I spent many years trying to teach a “solid recall” with “voice” and “treats” and I can tell you, it’s just not possible! I challenge anybody to show me a video of a “solid recall” from over 200 yards away while chasing prey, using voice, clickers & treats! In 40 years of dog training, I’ve never seen it!
- The human voice typically falls between 300Hz and 2000Hz, (averages 800Hz) a dog typically hears best at a frequency of 4000Hz!
- Food is not a high value reward! Dogs will not stop chasing a cat, squirrel, rabbit, car, etc, etc, for a treat!
- A human voice will only travel about 100 yards depending on the terrain!
Here’s what you do!
- Don’t teach recall! Teach squeak means play in your home first! This is the key to success!
- Use a high value reward (not food! play & human interaction only)
- Use a shepherd’s whistle (range 2,000 yards) or a squeaky ball (range 600 yards)!
- Start with a squeaky ball, move to shepherds whistle after you dog has a solid recall with a squeaky ball (shepherds whistle can reproduce squeaky ball sound only louder)
A solid recall is the hardest & most important (for the safety of your dog) command you will ever teach your dog!! If you google “teach my dog recall” you’ll see everybody giving the same old “clicker & treat” advice that just doesn’t work! This is just one more example of why “clicker & treat” training is inefficient!!
Squeak means play!
Squeak means play is a simple thing I do with my dogs everyday, in my normal daily routine (no training sessions needed) I simply squeak the ball before I interact/play with them throughout my normal daily routine! I know what your thinking… that’s it!! Yes and here’s why… about 50% all of all dogs will come to a squeaker ball without any prior training! Dogs love to interact/play with there owners more than anything in the world, so no food is needed! The reward is playing with you, do not give them food as a reward it will ruin the value of your recall! All of my dogs learn this recall within a couple of days… without any training sessions!!
By teaching squeak means play, you are not only building a strong foundation for a “solid recall” but most importantly, you are building a strong personal bond with your dog! Bribing your dog with treats every time he/she does something you like, will NEVER create a personal bond with your dog, it actually does the exact opposite!!
Biscuit’s recall from 100 yards away at 9 weeks old “video“
Biscuit’s recall from 200 yards, at 1 year old “video“
Biscuit’s instant recall while chasing a cat “video”
Most trainers just want to sell you the same old clicker & treat training course! Why should you believe me… that’s easy, I’m not selling anything!
I get a lot of negative comments, emails and messages from dog trainers (clicker & treat trainers) that don’t believe dogs are pack animals and food is the only high value reward! They say this approach is not “positive training” (because I don’t shovel treats down my dogs throat)…. as if treats are the only reward that’s positive! When in fact “clicker & treat” training is inefficient, outdated and will never produce a meaningful relationship with your dog!!
Most “dog trainers” don’t like this reality because they want to sell you some old outdated carrot & stick training method! Believe me no professional trainer can create the type of bond it takes to motivate your dog to learn on it’s own!! Professional dog trainers can never build this kind of bond with your dog, it’s all about the money for them! Just think about that! Why should you believe me? That’s easy…. I’m not selling anything!!
Mr Biscuit’s bio
Born: January 17th 2017
Breed: Tri merle Border Collie
Breeder: Spot on Border Collies out of Waggaman Louisiana
Parents: Father is Major and Mother is Remy
- Ginger Thurman Heard
January 16, 2018