In this video, KPA faculty member Steve Benjamin is working on capturing the sit behavior from a shelter dog. Every time the dog sits, Steve clicks and reinforces with a food treat. This process is a great way to communicate that sitting, rather than lunging or jumping, causes good things to happen. The placement of the reward is important. Steve is tossing the treat away from the dog so that the dog goes to get it, allowing another rehearsal of the sit to occur. Tossing the treat away from the dog is a great way to create a loop in behavior, encouraging frequent repetitions.
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