'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Bang, Bang.

Lola learning 'bang, bang' (our cue for play dead). So far, she'll only do it for the hand signal right on the ground (fingers curled into a fist, with thumb and last finger poking out). Once she's got that perfected, I'll be moving on to lifting my hand higher and higher before I give it a verbal cue, then add duration and distance. Either way L seems to enjoy it!


Sara said...

Lola is too darn cute. You can tell she's been working on her paw trick, because that was the first thing she did each time. She'll be doing bang, bang in no time.

Sophie said...

I filmed this about halfway through her first ever session on it; she was still very much believing she had to give me her paw, as you said! She's pretty good in that she'll work actively for her food--she's willing to try new things just for basic dry kibble, unlike Jess!