Capturing your dogs behaviour.
Has your dog ever done something amazing out of the blue and unexpectedly?
Something that made you jump for joy and filled you with pride?
I hope you rewarded it.
And if so, you used a technique called capturing.
Capturing is one of my favourite ways to train a dog.
And its not often dogs think too hard about things.
It also means I don’t have to do too much.
All I need is patience.
But when a dog thinks about what they are doing, and how they just got the reward, it creates a stronger memory.
They begin to try things again, to see if it gets a reward again.
And each time it gets faster.
They are more enthusiastic about doing it.
Handstands and leg lifts
At the weekend I was training Rio to lift a back leg and place it on the wall (kinda like a boy peeing), to give him a bit of a work out, strengthen his back legs, and stretch his brain.
After a few reps he was doing both sides really nicely, everything that was being asked of him he did. I ended the session and got up to put the treats away, and there he was, doing a handstand, (or pawstand), against the wall.
I was so impressed and blown away that I gave him a jackpot.
Then I waited.
He did it again, all by himself!
So he got more rewards!
I captured a behaviour.
And by being super fast with the rewards, I made it more likely to happen again (which it did).
Its not always tricks
I have used this method for many, many things.
Like teaching a new scent in scentwork.
Or even on the very first day I brought Rio home, it’s how I trained his sit.
Its a very useful method of dog training, which creates an intelligent, eager to train pooch.
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