Shaping the Wait, Continued, 7-30-13

In this session I’ve discovered that Atty is not really proofed on the cue – he offers the behavior off cue and he’s sometimes quite slow about responding to the cue. I switched to shaping the wait yesterday, rather than relying solely on extinction. Extinction can cause frustration in the animal and, in Atty’s case, he basically quit.

I thought I’d be able to build on yesterday’s seeming success. But even though I started at a shorter wait time than where I finished yesterday, Atty was still offering behavior which I then had to wait on for it to extinguish.

This clip shows that he has stopped somewhat out from me and I have to get him engaged again. We did end on success, but there is more work to be done.


About Laurie Higgins

I play with clicker training - with my horses, dogs, and cats. I also attempt to grow vegetables with the hope of one day being able to feed my family from my garden. My daughter and I are learning ballroom dancing. Well, we were. But she left me for a paying horse job, so now my husband and I are learning ballroom dancing. I'm also now helping Peggy Hogan, of Clicker Training Horses (and The Best Whisper is a Click) to teach people how to train their own horses using "clicker training".
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