Re: Clicker reward Q
I allow the click or marker word to end the behavior - once I click/mark, I MUST reward. Them's the rules! *L*
So if I want a behavior to continue, I don't click or use my marker word. I may use a "keep going" word or phrase, however. For my dogs, that means I quietly praise with words like "gooood .. very nice .. you're such a wonderful girl .. ". This lets my dog know that they're doing the right thing, but that they're not to STOP doing the right thing quite yet.
Another way to continue the behavior (at least the way I train) is to give a small treat but NOT give the click/marker word. I do this with stays, for example. If my dog knows the stay and I'm working on duration/distance, I leave my dog on a stay and then I return to reward/praise but not to break them out of the stay. I use my calm praise, give a reward calmly while saying "Good sit" or "good stay" or "good down" (depends on the dog and what they're doing) and then I either walk away again (if the dog is ready for that) or I repeat the stay to emphasize that they're to continue staying and then I walk away.
There are different levels to the behavior, and while each may be a bit different in my response, I still ALWAYS reward once I've clicked or used my marker word (which is YESS!!). I don't want that to ever lose its effectiveness. And if I click or say "YESS!" then the dog can break, because that's what I've indicated.
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!
20 Yrs Training/Teaching Experience