I’ve been working on putting this behavior on cue – that is, he only does it when I give him the cue, not when I don’t. But I also want him to wait for the cue and to not touch the reflector that I’m using for the cue.
I’m shaping the wait by counting seconds in a non-linear fashion and clicking and treating for the interval. If he offers the go out behavior without waiting for the cue, I do not click and treat. If he waits for the cue and performs the behavior, he’ll get a click and a treat.
I’ve gotten the feeling that he’s not very enthusiastic about doing this much work for two handfuls of Alam cubes. So I went for higher-value treats – Stud Muffins. SMs have a couple of advantages: it doesn’t take him so long to chew them, they aren’t as dry, and they’re of a much higher value.
I think this strategy paid off.
(One less “big bomber” fly!)