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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-06-2011, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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I can't remember what this method is called, but it works GREAT!

I took a few videos last night of Dante (8 mo Belgian Malinois). Someone here posted a video a little while back of a boxer (I think) being taught to bow by just waiting and clicking/rewarding behavior closer and closer to the desired one. So I tried it first with one he already knew (down) but did not give him the command down. Just waited for a dip of the head further and further, then when he offered body movement I rewarded that as well.



You may have noticed in the above video that as he was going down, he offered up his left paw because as he was moving it to go down happened to be the reward time. So i used that to my advantage and had him holding his left paw up in the air in no time...also worked on "bow" which you'll see a quick refresh of at the end of the below video.



BTW - yes I would normally get more peppy and excited with him during training, but our 7 mo old was snoozing just down the hallway so I had to keep it down a bit... Luckily he's used to the clicker so it doesn't wake him up.
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Love a happy dog in training! Look at the waggy tail. I love that you could do it while your child was sleeping. Just shows how training doesn't have to be a huge deal that's impossible to work into our day, but instead just fit it in when we can.




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The technique is called shaping, and it does work really well. It's what they use with whales and dolphins and lions and tigers. (oh my)


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Love a happy dog in training! Look at the waggy tail. I love that you could do it while your child was sleeping. Just shows how training doesn't have to be a huge deal that's impossible to work into our day, but instead just fit it in when we can.
Oh absolutely. I do most of my training in the evenings when he goes to sleep, but also during naps or when he's playing by himself (much easier now that he's getting older). He LOVES the dogs so enjoys watching when they are doing things right by him while he's in his exersaucer or playpen, etc.

thanks Emoore!
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That's excellent !

However ....

I will be more impressed when you post a video of Dante reading those Dr Seuss books ! ;-)


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haha believe it or not, he lays on his dog bed next to the rocker when I read to my son before he goes to bed. He pretends he's not listening but I think he enjoys story time as much as kiddo does...
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haha believe it or not, he lays on his dog bed next to the rocker when I read to my son before he goes to bed. He pretends he's not listening but I think he enjoys story time as much as kiddo does...
Well would you believe I read Grace DrS books before she goes to bed and Karma listens in too !! Classic.


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Yah for seeing your gorgeous boy! I love how he holds his paw up and balances!

I have been shaping with Molly for about a month and it really is amazing to see them 'get it'

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I enjoyed those videos, thanks for posting them!

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