Building Behavior: Shape the Future
Some of the most common questions about clicker training relate to obtaining a new, desirable behavior to mark and reinforce. Luring, modeling, capturing, and prompting can take us only so far, and shaping seems like such a complex challenge. Let’s talk about splitting a behavior into many tiny steps and progressing smoothly through a training plan to a goal behavior. In this way, animals discover their own creativity, power, and desire to work with a trainer. Shaping is fun for both trainer and learner. It builds a great relationship, but requires awareness and comprehension of the game by the animal, and both conceptual and mechanical fluency in the trainer.