Manufacturing the Approach

The concepts of On and Off can be taught quite quickly by marking the off and tossing a cookie. The dog leaves the Spot to go grab the cookie and then immediately returns to earn more cookies for doing the Spot again.

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Paying the Release

Paying the Release of a duration behavior is important as duration is defined by the Release. Without the Release, duration can’t happen. It’s also important to have the dog seek out the handler for reinforcement after the duration behavior has been performed.

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Generalize the Spot Behavior

While it is true that dogs do not generalize as well as humans, generalization may be enhanced through training. And the dog surely won’t be able to generalize unless they practice. Generalizing the spot behavior is critical to being able to use the skill successfully in our daily interactions. We need to be able to put our dogs in many different spots, as it is not practical to always have ‘your’ Spot with us.

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Introduction to the Pedestal Behavior

We like to use Pedestals here at PVybe HQ because it is a very Black and White behavior. The dog is either on it, or not on it, plain and simple. A Spot, while definitely more concrete than simply putting a dog in a Sit or Down, is not nearly as concrete as the Pedestal.

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Root Concepts of the Spot Behavior

Behaviors can be broken down into many root concepts. Spot training offers us several active root concepts that we can teach our dogs that will come in handy in other situations.

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2 Keys to Teaching a Dog to Stay

Many clicker trainers have problems with duration because they are primarily focused on marking and reinforcing action. After the action part of the duration behavior has been performed there is really nothing left to mark.

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Reward Placement for Spot Training

Reward placement is key in teaching a dog the Spot behavior. The reward must be delivered so that the dog can maintain position on the spot. Reward placement can be used to your advantage though…

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