OK! Here’s the second element from Agility Right from the Start that we want to train for helping the dog enjoy doing the teeter. It’s liking noise to the point of wanting to create it themselves.
I can hear your next question! But if I train this won’t my dog be making noise all the time??!?? I sure don’t want that!
That’s the beauty of clicker training. The dog learns very quickly and early that doing things out of context doesn’t pay. When you’re shaping something the dog will throw all sorts of behaviors that have worked in the past until they discover the one that is paying in this case. Then that’s the one they offer. So if they make noise around the house outside of a training session and you don’t acknowledge it, then they stop doing it. It didn’t pay. A word of caution though. Looking at the dog or telling the dog to be quiet is acknowledging the behavior. Just totally ignore it.
In this video I’m showing the very first step which is classically conditioned. I make a noise and follow it immediately with food. The dog doesn’t have to do anything to earn the treat. You’ll see this noise is not a all scary for Kara and after the first couple she just sits and waits for the treat. This is good. You don’t want to scare your dog, you want her to like this.
Towards the end of the video I delay the next noise so Kara can make a strong connection between the treat and the noise. I’m also making the noise close to her and in a variety of ways. This is just the first step. In the next video we move on to her making me make the noise.