Mr. N is becoming quite adept at clicker training and he can learn a basic trick in a few minutes. We do a lot of structured shaping where I have a goal in mind and I try to “nudge” him towards the final product. We don’t do a lot of free shaping where I just wait to see what Mr. N has to offer because he gets frustrated if he feels like he lacks directions.
So I thought I’d see what he came up with. Mr. N (being the diva he is) likes to stomp at me if he thinks I’m being unclear or if I’m not rewarding for something he thinks I should be. Sure enough, I sat there and he started to stomp at me and I clicked and treated and put it on cue. My hand signal is tapping the floor with my fist once.
As you can see from the video, he caught on pretty quickly that he would be rewarded for “stomping.” From start to finish, it took less than ten minutes complicated by the fact that I also had my phone out to take pictures and he was like do you want me to pose pretty for a picture or work?
Shaping really makes dogs think and I love playing the “game” with dogs. I also worked with Mr. N’s friend, Sage, shaping for two five-minute sessions and she was regularly offering a wave by the end of the ten minutes. And this is a dog who hasn’t had much experience with clicker training and shaping.
Ten minutes. That’s really all you need. Your dog can learn a lot in those few minutes and it’s better for them to have shorter, frequent sessions anyway.
Have you tried training your pet to do something new in ten minutes?
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