Karen Pryor on Clicker Training
“Clicker” Training Beta Fish
After some testing, I found that “Bubbles” responded to a laser light instead of a clicker. So, to reinforce swimming through the bracelet, I used the light to “mark” the behaviour I was looking for, then reinforced it with tiny food pellets.
Almost any animal can be trained with “marker-based training”. From fish, birds & horses to your family dog!
Rewarding Play – Tug with Your dog
Luna loves playing “Tug”. Here we play this game and practice various cued behaviours. She knows the fastest way to resume playing is to release the toy when asked, the do the behaviour asked (if any). This kind of rewarding play benefits both the dog and the handler.
Puppy Learning to LOVE Her Mat
In this class, Bailey is learning to LOVE her mat. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that when she is on her mat she gets great rewards. This jumpy puppy quickly makes the connection that lying down on her mat is even better — she offers this on her own.
Puppy Plays Tug in Exchange for Good Behaviour
Playing tug with your dog is a great game — IF your dog understands and will release the toy when asked. Also, anytime you feel teeth on your skin or clothes the game stops automatically. Play on your terms — not your dog’s.
In this video, the puppy Bailey learns quickly that the faster she releases the tug toy when asked, the faster we can resume the game. When you have the tug toy in your hands, ask for cues your dog understands, THEN resume play — this is great way to practice good behaviours, manners and gives this excitable play a pause.
At Smart Paws, we use positive reinforcement training techniques to teach you and your dog the skills needed for a happy, co-operative life together.