2 Simple Steps for Superior Shaping

Many dogs get very high when working for cookies and clicks. Some go over threshold when working. I think this is fairly common for clicker trainers. It’s part of the reason that some seemingly simple behaviors can take months to create and is responsible for much of the frustration that positive trainers experience.

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House Cleaning with Mr. Hippo

Here’s Apryl Lea and Mr. Hippo doing some house cleaning. Mr. Hippo is an assistance dog candidate for Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog program. He

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Uptown Dog Training

This was the second half of Judy and Chess’ weekly personal lessons. During the first half of the lesson we worked on the japanese dog

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Teaching a Hoop With Bitework

This is a typical Bitework Application session. There is a plan, in this case, we’re going to develop a Hoop, skill where the dog leaps through a hoop made from the handler’s arms. Working this skill with Bitework yields a loose a sloppy understanding and performance of the skill. It works, it’s fast, but if we want to teach this skill well, cookies would be a better method. Teaching this skill with Bitework will yield a ‘quick and dirty’ trick.

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Discdog Bite for Wait

How do you teach a high drive dog to Wait? Teach him to Bite on cue. This bitework lesson is about creating a wait with a Bite Cue.

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Bite as Cookie

When a Bite is offered as a cookie the dog has earned the right to attempt to Bite that object. It’s a very empowering experience. The dog learns that he can make the bite happen by showing some Patience, giving Eye Contact, offering a Back Up behavior, or whatever.

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Shaping the Give with a Collar Grab

Sometimes when dogs are learning the game of bitework, they can really tear the disc out of your hand after you ask for the Give. Here’s a simple video that can be quite effective for handling this.

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