Tag: shaping

Outrageous Bonus Added to Recallers 3.0

Posted on 11/25/11 48 Comments

Okay some may think I have completely lost my mind but remember what motivates me; the vision to help dogs world wide be better understood by their owners and to help those owners create a better relationship with their dogs. To that end I have been working on a course, it was supposed to be […]

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Getting Un-Stuck While Shaping

Posted on 02/10/11 22 Comments

To follow up on a comment written on  yesterday’s blog; what do we do when we are shaping one thing but our dogs get “stuck” offering something she already knows. My first choice is to set things up in my favor to avoid this from ever happening.  Two big things that will help are; Your […]

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Non Reward Markers: Reducing the Use

Posted on 02/09/11 33 Comments

It seems everyone has a slightly different slant on their application of Non Reward Markers (NRMs) in training. Here is a little more on my approach. First of all, I never use them in training during a value building session (shaping). Actually, I rarely use them at all while teaching anything. I can think of […]

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Planning to Fail

Posted on 07/06/10 16 Comments

Reading through your questions and comments on recalls makes me wonder if you guys have introduced what I refer to as “Planned Failures” in your dog training. Planned failures happen in a controlled environment when the following conditions apply. Don’t fall for any cute looks when your dog fails, be strong and don’t “help” them. […]

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Shaping Fun

Posted on 02/12/10 17 Comments

Hey some excellent ideas rolling in to try and shape. I don’t know about shaping the Shar Pei to snore doing her waking hours thought. There could be some physiological stasis that needs to be present before she is even able to snore. I don’t know really but I guess it couldn’t hurt to give […]

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Shaping Challenge

Posted on 02/11/10 35 Comments

Okay, it is mid winter (for some, okay hard to imagine it as winter here in Florida). Here is a challenge for you all. Sometime before the weekend (that is two days) shape your dog to do something new. Come up with something not related to anything you have been working on. If you need […]

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Verbally Enthusiastic Workers

Posted on 12/02/09 12 Comments It wouldn

Recently I had someone ask me if I thought it would be a problem to let his dog bark while he shaped behaviours. First of all, the barking could be a sign that your dog training skills need to be sharpened. Perhaps have an experienced trainer watch you and give you their opinion.   Buzz […]

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To Click or Not to Click, that is the Question

Posted on 09/23/09 9 Comments The precision of a clicker was needed when teaching Twister how to "pray."

 One of the things I am asked about by newcomers to our program is why we do not use a clicker very much. After-all, my website is www.clickerdogs.com you know!  Since I registered that website ten or more years ago my training has evolved quite a bit. Possibly if I had register my website today […]

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Bob Bailey Gives a Shout Out

Posted on 03/10/09 14 Comments

Well I asked Bob to check out the blog and he wrote this amazing reply back in the comments section. I couldn’t waste it in the comments section, for fear some of you would not see it so I got his permission to use it as today’s blog.  He wrote this when there was only […]

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Idea List for Shaping

Posted on 02/25/09 51 Comments Stoni performing "hold" and "Pals" - -  Shelby being a good sport!

Okay, to follow up on the shaping post, here is my, not-yet-completed list of things to shape. When I get it finished, I will post in on my website. If you would, please look over the list, alert me to any duplications you see and write up your own suggestions. They don’t need to be […]

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