Mon 9 Aug 2010
The object now is for Kara to find out that she can make me make the noise which then gets her a treat. We do that by using an exercise that she already knows and does well. In our case it’s hand targeting. She’s been doing it for a long time in a lot of different circumstances so it’s a good choice.
Here’s the sequence:
- I present the target
- She runs up and hits it with her nose
- That makes me make the noise
- She gets the treat
We do that for a few repetitions and then I start to make the target hand more stationery. She’s very conditioned to target the moving hand when it stops rather than a presented stopped had. So you see her hesitate not sure what to do. I give her a tiny bit of help and then back off it so she gets the idea better. By the end of the video she’s getting better at it.
Based on this training session I know I need to do at least one more with a non-moving target before I can move on to the next step.
Stayed tuned for more!