using shaping to build confidence
In this video, KPA CTP Sammy Hyde is using shaping to help her dog build confidence around “scary” objects (in this case, a hoop). Sammy clicks and reinforces her dog for each small step, in the following sequence:
- Nose touch to the hoop
- Paw touch to the hoop
- One front paw through the hoop
- Two front paws through the hoop
- Three legs through the hoop
- Goal Behavior: All four paws through the hoop!
Now that Sammy has taught her dog to walk through the hoop with confidence, she can use these same steps to shape her dog to move through, over, or under other objects that may seem scary.
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