Duration Without Frustration
Please note: This session includes approximately 1:20 of lecture followed by a 40 minute audience Q&A.
Is shaping for duration as simple as just waiting to reinforce longer behaviors? I don’t know about you, but that has not been my experience!
Well beyond a boring sit-stay, there are many situations where we want to train our dogs to perform a particular behavior for an extended amount of time, but this process often leads to frustration on both the part of the learner and the trainer. This Session will explore the different forms that duration can take in our training depending on the behavior in question and examine why it is sometimes so darn hard to train.
We will look at how the entire behavior cycle influences the behavior being trained, and why we are best served by setting our criteria so that we are always training “clean” units of behavior. We will look at examples and techniques that allow us to set up our training sessions to minimize frustration (in both trainer and learner!) while increasing duration of the behavior.