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Feb. 12th, 2008

02:08 am - An abused mule responds to clicker training

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Date:February 12th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)

Clicker training

It just plain works but the trainer needs to be constantly observant and uniformly consistent. I used clicker training on my dog when he was a pup and it worked wonders. He was a head-strong and difficult puppy to manage. Clicker training was a godsend.

The trainer did a good job, but you can see where she missed a single opportunity early on at around 3:11 where the mule moved his left-rear leg tentatively a second time and the trainer missed the opportunity to reinforce the behavior with the clicker and then it took another minute to get another breakthrough. Sooner or later the Mule tried again and got the reinforcement it wanted/needed and finally understood what it was he needed to do to get what he wanted too.

Step one of animal training: Be smarter than the animal. That's where most humans go wrong...
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Date:February 12th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I clicker trained my dog from when I got her at 6 weeks old. I ran out of things to teach her eventually. Every trick in the book, and stringing them all together too. She is the absolutely queen of "spontaneous offering" she will do ANYthing now that she understands how it works. Clicker training is pretty great, it definitely breaks a language barrier between humans and animals.

Operant conditioning is really interesting to me and I employ and observe lots of methods for positive/negative reinforcement and punishment in my interactions with people all the time.
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Date:February 12th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
i started with my pup but didn't follow through, since he seemed to respond so well to verbals and all. but he still has some behavioral issues (aggressive when on leash, mainly). you folks are making me think i should invest the time into it again.
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