Sep 28, 2013

Have you ever considered teaching your dog Brain Games? Shaping is a fun training technique that requires your dog to really think and try to figure out what it is you're trying to make her do. So much fun, and great mental stimulation. It's an awesome way of teaching tricks and useful behaviors. In Shaping, we reward each tiny micro-step towards a final behavior until we have the full behavior we are looking for. In teaching Helix to press the Easy button we began with just rewarding her for being in the general vicinity of the button, then for looking at the button, then for nosing it or touching it with her paw, and then finally for touching it hard enough to make a sound. She loved the game.