Imagine if the only difference in what you say or do between your dog running from heel position to a target far away and doing a down in heel position is no more than an inch in where you feed the previous treat.
What if you could teach a dog about 80 different behaviors without a single obvious gesture or verbal cue on your part?
How quiet and subtle would you need to be for your dog to almost read your mind to get it right?
What exactly is a cue anyway?
Join this talk to explore the idea of using shaping via carefully arranged antecedents to get fluency without frustration.
The more aware we are of our own movements in a training session, the clearer our communication becomes with our dogs. Fine-tuning our mechanical skills and focusing on reinforcement strategies to create clean training loops without long latency can transform our training partnership.
In this session, it is time to ditch the cues for a moment and focus on using shaping to get an awesome training session. We will do a spring cleaning of all the “background noise” that tends to sneak into our training and thereby start laying the pathway to reliable cues.