'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

Monday, 31 January 2011

Working on Bang Bang.


Today we've been working on L's newest trick with breakfast & dinner kibble (and some nice big chunks of liver for the jackpots).

We did a hundred reps with breakfast of me saying 'bang, bang' and then giving the hand signal, and she didn't perform once without first needing the signal, of course.

At dinnertime, we did the same thing, after a few basic drills of down/sit/paw/touch to get her in the mood. On reps 127, 129, 157, 161, 167, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184 and 189, she offered her 'bang, bang' before I gave the signal but after I gave the verbal cue.

So, progress! Ten times out of two hundred reps doesn't sound like much, but it is (in my opinion, anyhoo) for a little puppy. 'Bang, bang' is the most complicated behaviour she's done so far (lie down>onto side), rather than just a quick down/sit/paw/etc, so I think she's doing pretty well. We're going to try again tomorrow evening, and I'm hoping for some quick responses!

1 comment:

Sara said...

Can't wait to see the completed trick! It is going to be adorable.