“Obedience” also known as basic skills are often the only skill set a dog learns and because of the psychological implication carry with them a weight of importance. Non compliance is somehow seen as a severe infraction. If a dog is asked to twirl and does not comply , for some reason the infraction is no big deal. Tricks are seen as icing on the cake, so to speak. But if we mix the skills together then the “drudgery” of “sitting” or “lying down” on cue is included in the playful and more appealing aspect of the “tricks” a dog can perform.
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[…] When I walk around the city I see all these dogs trained with different approaches. Putting aside the sad fact that there are way too many pinch collars and choke chains around there is an encouraging number of dogs who are taught with reward based training… or let’s say: a version of reward based training. Here is where I still see that there is a missing link of understanding at least in the way I see reward based training really working. Read More > […]Pingback by Rethinking Reward Based Training | Lifestyle Okanagan Blog on June 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm