The thing I love about shaping games is that Cookie enjoys them and that makes me happy. I'm happy that she likes doing things with me and I admire how clever Cookie is.
Shaping games are a win win for everybody involved.
We've always had daily session of training games. Now, that Cookie's exercise has been restricted, they've become even more important in keeping her occupied.
I don't think I'm a very good trainer but we try and have fun doing it.
Cookie does learn a thing or two and it's great for bonding.
The game depicted here might eventually end up with Cookie putting away her toys or technically she could be taught to put away pretty much anything. Whether or not we get to that stage I don't know but I think it's awesome what she does.
We broke the process down to small steps.
We started with a tennis ball. When I first presented it to her I marked and rewarded any interaction with it. Then we moved on to her taking it into her mouth. Then dropping it. Then dropping it into a container.
I just started introducing other objects and other containers.
Cookie picks up on things very fast. Though the last time I wanted to try putting away multiple objects and she got confused by the fact there already was an object in the container. After some deliberation she figured she ought to take it back out. So I have to figure out how to get her to figure out that now I want more than one object put away into the same container.
Since she got confused, I scaled it back down to one object and we'll try this again.
If mommy figures it out, Cookie will figure it out. The fact that we're not really pressed to achieve anything in particular helps. We're just doing it for fun.
The added bonus is that every time Cookie figures something out it makes it easier for her to learn the next thing.
Do you play shaping games with your dog?
How Shaping Develops Learning
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Creative Solutions And An Incidental Product Review
Taming Of The Wild Beast: Cookie's Transition To Civilization
Staying On Top Of The Ears: Cookie Is Not Impressed
Who's Training Whom? Stick And Treat
Observation Skills Of Dogs
If You Want Your Dog To Do Something, Teach It
Tricks? It's Not Just About The Tricks
What Constitutes The Perfect Dog?
Are Dog Training Classes Really For The Dogs?
Look Where You Want To Go: Finding My Reactive Dog Training Zen Zone?
Dog Training And Emotions
Dog Training And Emotions: Postscript
Dogs Love Sentences In Question Form?
Not All Dog Trainers Were Created Equal Either
A Thought On Separation Anxiety
Happy One-Year Adoptoversary, Cookie!
About Freedom, Trust And Responsibility: A "Pilot Study"
So, We Have A Bear
About Happiness: What Makes Your Dog Happy?
Our Example Of The Use Of "Look At That" (LAT)
Why Do Dogs Dig?
Who Is In The Wrong?
Your Dog Wants To Follow You. You Just Gotta Be Going Some Place
We Still Have Two Dogs: A "Pilot Study" Part Two
Early Winter Safety: Exploring New Territories
Cookie Is Okay. We ... Might Be, Eventually. (Don't Try This At Home)
One Thing I Love About Winter: I See What They "See"
Give Your Dog What They Need, Get What You Want
Cookie, The First Of The Great Hunting Rottweilers
Distance Is a Relative Concept
Dog Communication: Be Good to Cookie or She'll Tell on You
The Benefit of the Doubt
Putting The Guilty Dog Look To Rest?
The Stench of Fear: Is There Good and Bad Timing for Vet Visits?
I am a Helicopter Dog Mom
Routines: Easy Come, Hard to Go
Things Always Change: Cookie's Hunting Adventures
The Advantage of Your Dog Not Barking All the Time: Cookie Saves Horses' Asses
"Look at That" (LAT) Game and Barking at Traffic
The Role of Thresholds in Dog Training and Behavior
Dog Days of Summer: Keeping an Eye on Cookie
Dog Days of Summer: Cookie Gets Her SprinklerThe Evolution of My View on What Is and Isn't Dirty
Not F***ing Cheerios, That's for Sure
Hi, My Name Is "No", What's Yours?
Dogs, Porcupines, Wasps and Learning
Mouse Hunting, Leash Pulling, Begging at the Table and Intermittent Reinforcement
Self-Entertaining Dog? Dogs Need Interaction
Dogs Are Always Testing the Waters
Tick Alert: It's a Conversation if You're Listening
How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Dog in One Easy Step
Do Dogs Like to Work for Their Meal?