Clicker training with dogs (Part 3)

By now you have learned how to charge your marker and use it as a tool to install a visual and verbal cue. Now I am going to talk about one of the more advanced forms of marker training and that’s free-shaping. First we have to understand the concept of “capturing”. Let’s talk about the behavior “down”. All dogs lie down at some point so if you wanted to train down without a lure, you can simply capture it. To do this you grab your marker, a treat pouch, and you wait. Patience is required to capture low-frequency behavior,...

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