This is the last couple of minutes of a 15-minute session. My goal is to eventually be able to just sit on the side and click and reward for his figuring out what to do. Yes, he’s already been shaped to back onto the pedestal, but I’d used lost of cues from my body to help him line up correctly. Now I want to fade myself out of the picture.
This video shows him backing onto the pedestal fairly well, then I carefully ask him to come forward straight and just barely off the pedestal, and ask for a back again. This is what I’m looking for: a clean, straight back onto the pedestal.
The beginning of the session involved walking forward onto the pedestal, parking with front feet on, then walking forward some more (carefully) until the back feet were on and the front feet were off. Then I asked for a back by where I stood. I did have to give some help in terms of positioning and fixing the ground poles a couple of times. If he backed crooked or stepped over the ground poles, I asked him to come forward and start again.