Welcome to the first in our Trick Tuesday series. Every Tuesday, we’ll be posting a new trick tutorial.
The first packs a punch as a 3-fer. Teach your dog to shake-a-paw, give you 5 and wave all with the same basic lure.
Skill level: beginner
What you’ll need: food, dog and a conditioned reinforcer
If you know about conditioned reinforcers already, feel free to skip ahead. If not, here’s the quick explanation. A conditioned reinforcer (or behaviour marker) is anything that holds the value of a primary reinforcer (eg. food, toy or anything else the dog will work for). A CR can be a clicker or a word that you’ve chosen. If your dog is new to CR’s, take a moment to load it up! Take a handful of your dog’s favourite treats, *click* and then feed. Repeat this sequence multiple times. Your dog will quickly start to pair the *click* (or your word) with getting a yummy treat. This is called “loading your clicker.”
This video will take you through the rest of the instructions! HAVE FUN!