Pace, Place & More: Strategic Reinforcement Delivery
Effective clicker training is sometimes thought of as exclusively depending on the timing of the click and the value of the reinforcer. An often overlooked subject is reward delivery. How, where, and when rewards are delivered is often crucial to efficient and clear training because it is a key linchpin in the communication cycle you are creating. Implicit in "Click, then treat" is all of the activity that happens in "then." While most beginners know that beginning the process of reaching into the bait bag, say before the click is completed can weaken the power in the click, even experienced trainers don't always understand other critical effects of reward delivery on learning.
Strategic reward delivery includes how reward delivery can be used to either lower or increase a dog's energy, how the makeup of the physical reward itself can enhance or hinder the reward process, whether the placement of reinforcement should support the goal behavior or be used to reset the dog for another repetition, and how teaching a dog to tolerate occasional longer reward sequences can allow for flexibility without dampening the reinforcement process. Finally, strategic reward delivery means being conscious of the choices you are making and how they impact your dog's learning.
This is a PowerPoint presentation with video demonstrations and examples.