Atty Go Out, 7-31-13

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!)

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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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