Sam wanted to pop in again with a message on behalf of all of his friends. Think about how confusing it must be for your non-human companions to try and figure out what it is you want them to do, and what rules you want them to live by, if you are not providing consistent enough feedback.
Just a quick reminder…if are having dog training problems with motivation and your pet is not ‘getting’ what it is that you want him/her to learn, there are SO many possible reasons. It could be the environment is too distracting or your reinforcers are not valued enough or your timing is off or you are not providing clarity in what behaviors you are reinforcing or your pet is feeling too much pressure or any number of other things. If you are not having success, best to stop, take a deep breath, and think about the lesson and how you can make changes to help you and your student succeed.
Have you ever stopped to think about how difficult it must be to be a dog (or other animal) living with humans many times larger than him who speaks a completely unknown language, who has rules that often times are secret until you do something to break them, and who expects you to easily understand what it is they want you to do at any given moment?
When you ask your dog to sit or lay down, does it ever immediately pop back up into a stand instead of stay in position? And, what happens when you are out for a walk and stop to talk to someone? Does your dog go exploring and begin to pull on the leash when you’d like it to simply sit by your side?
Sam wanted to pop in again. He has a feeling many of his friends are just as confused. It is important to remember, we have a lot to do with the success of our pets. If we don’t provide clear criteria and cues on what behaviors we want to see (and reinforcement for those behaviors), it is awfully difficult for them to understand what behaviors we want to see – and to understand the meaning of our cues. #dogtrainingtips
I’ve written about so many topics relating to strengthening your ability to teach and your dog’s ability to learn. I got to thinking, if I were to create a recipe of good habits for building success in the classroom (which, by the way, is anywhere where you happen to be teaching) what would be the ingredients?