Step-By-Step 'Shaping' of a New Behaviour


Here's a great activity to give your dog a great mental workout!

 

Develop a new behaviour or trick with your dog without showing the dog what you want using a food lure, instead you help the dog work out what it is you have in mind by marking / clicking and rewarding him when he makes very small steps towards the behaviour. 

 

A bit like you're getting warmer..., colder..., warmer...,warmer still...even warmer...red hot!!!...remember playing that game as a child?

 

Shaping is one of my favourite types of training and free shaping where you just let the dog experiment and offer you different novel behaviours with a new object is the easiest way to have 5 minutes of fun with your high energy dog that will really tire him out!

 

Here is Ash freeshaping with an old crock pot I found in the garage.  I don't have a particular goal behaviour in mind, I just leave it up to him to be creative! :-)