It’s been a while since I’ve shared an unedited training session, and this shaping session the other day was just too cute not to share. This is our third (I think?) session of Nala learning to rest her chin between her paws on cue. We’re free shaping it and it’s been a few days since we … More Trick Training in Action: Shaping Edition!
A while ago, a post on one of my favorite blogs motivated me to write more on something I’ve been wanting to write on for a long time–choice, and how offering Nala the opportunity to make choices has increased her confidence and comfort out in the world. In fact, offering Nala choices has caused a lot … More Choice isn’t a reinforcer. So why is the behavior increasing?
A couple of weeks ago, I published a post that was a philosophy and methodology statement and a brag concealed behind a pile of prose about a thorny tree: Nala has a terrific recall, even off of prey, built and proofed with positive reinforcement alone. Nala’s recall is something that I’ve poured hours of thought, training, … More Games to Level Up Your Recall!