Re: Reward for doing tricks not on cue?
It depends on where you are in the training, for me. If I've JUST taught a dog a new trick and they offer it spontaneously, I mark and reward that. It helps build confidence.
But if it's an established trick - one that is well-known and on a verbal cue - then I usually only reward it if I ask for it. And if they offer that behavior when I ask for a different behavior, I never reward it.
When I teach my dogs to bring me their food dishes, there's ALWAYS a cross-over time when this light bulb goes off and they think "woah .. I take my dish to Mom and she puts a treat in it!!". And then they start bringing me the dish over and over. That's when I put the dish up for awhile and let them settle. I'm glad to see them do this, because I know that the concept has really taken root, but I'm not going to reward it ad nauseum .. *L*
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
Positive 1ST! More reward, less correction makes a GREAT trainer.
Chows: Khana CD RE SD & Dora NA NAJ GSD: Tazer SDIT
Total of 2UDs 3CDXs 12CDs 2REs 8AgilityTitles 1BH Chow!
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