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4storx

Quick question. Do we label the behavior as they are learning? If not, when should we be labeling?
Thanks, Margo

Daisy Peel

Welcome Margo! I am tagging Jordan on this – you can tag her on any comment by using the @ symbol and then jordan-biggs (@Jordan Biggs)

ctan07

Hi Daisy – here is my video link on targeting. https://vimeo.com/288441450/603366143d
Trooper knows how to work with nose and paw targets. He is much stronger on paw targets.

ctan07

Jordan – thanks for the feedbacks. Sure! I will work on that and follow up with another video later. He does do a lot with his paws more than his nose actually. But I will definitely do that. I have a question – is it better we use the verbals on nose and paw touch to differentiate the 2 different touches?

LynnStegon

How long should a training session be at this age?

RobinTerry

Jordan, what verbals do you use for your two paws? And I have a hand touch called touch but I use that in agility too. Should I make another verbal for this nose touch if we have her nose touch different obstacles and not just my hand? (Don’t want to mess up my agility touch verbal for forced fronts even though it might be situational anyways). Oh btw, I suck at naming verbals (for example my backside is β€œturn” and my table is β€œbed” lol) so I will ask this in probably ever lesson.

DianneMorey

Hi Jordan,
Heres our targeting video.
I chopped it up so its not too long. We have some history with these behaviors and they are named already so I mostly just worked a little on cue discrimination on different things. I should probably revisit a shaping session to strengthen the back feet targeting which I didn’t show here but he does have some comprehension with. For nose targeting Ive named it touch and his feet are 1234 (right side is odd numbers left side is even.

DianneMorey

Forgot to tag you @Jordan Biggs

DianneMorey

Thanks Jordan! Will do!

LaurenRubin

I apologize for the tight camera – we have a small apartment and I am trying to figure out how to prop my phone up somewhere for filming!

LaurenRubin

She has previously learned these behaviors, so they have names. “Touch” – nose, “Smack” right paw. We will work on left paw as well!

LaurenRubin

These are great ideas, thank you!!

ShonaThirsk

Hi @Jordan Biggs, Here are my two videos for targeting. I was also going to ask about what you call the feet and saw your comment. I like the 1-2-3-4. The nose touch is something we have done for a while but the foot is new. This was his second quick session (the first he would pick up his paw but only wanted to touch my arm and not the target plate) He was better today and we will keep working it.

nose touches

foot targets

ShonaThirsk

@Jordan Biggs – Thank you for all the great feedback πŸ™‚ Worked hard to only use shaping for all the tricks. Here is the paw targets with more duration. Sometimes he will put his paw on my arm and his dewclaw area actually touches the target plate. Should I still reward that?

RobinTerry

Here is our front paw targeting. She has a decent understanding but we need to strengthen that. Plus I don’t have strong verbals yet for front paws separate. I will add that but she’s not ready yet. See what you think:

RobinTerry

She is psycho! Always does shaping at full speed (she is hungry hippo) haha so this is helpful! I’ve started added words and hand cues too so we are almost there but I might need to get her to raise her paws higher. I’ll work on that too.

ElissaLooney

We worked on the foot target last night. I haven’t named each foot. I went to sleep trying to think of names for each foot to add to this behavior? I will work on the nose touch tomorrow, probably with a target that isn’t my hand, since we have a chin rest behavior on cue already.

ElissaLooney

Awesome! I will do that.

ElissaLooney

Here is the next try. He seems to be offering his paw quite well – should I name each one at this point?

5150gsd

Jordan, on your description of the nose target what do you mean by “JP” in the following sentence:
Click as soon as they are looking at it or JP if they go to sniff it!

Ingrid

Initially you begin with a target for the paw touch and your hand for the nose touch and then move on to a “new” target for the hand touch. At this early stage, should you use an obviously different target than what was used for the paw touch? My question revolves around the thought, how does the dog know which behavior you are asking for? Thanks, Ingrid

Sylvie Fefer

Finally got around to trying the Paw Targeting with Lulu. We have never worked on this before. At first she was very confused and tried to nose touch it (we’ve done lots of those) then she started pawing at either my hand or my arm. I did two things that helped: I placed the target on the floor so that my body wasn’t part of the picture and that helped a lot. I also asked her to sit so she would stop moving around. By the end we had some success. She understood that I wanted her to use her… Read more Β»

Sylvie Fefer

Paw Target For session 2 I used a bigger more obvious target: a wooden block. At first I clicked even if she also got my arm as well as the block, But then at the end I tried to be pickier. I also moved the block to around. Went to a smaller block and also placed it on my knee and on the ground. Nose Target I only clicked and treated if she responded to the verbal — if she moved toward my hand without the verbal I moved my hand away. Her response when I moved my hand away… Read more Β»

Sylvie Fefer

Paw Target For session 2 I used a bigger more obvious target: a wooden block. At first I clicked even if she also got my arm as well as the block, But then at the end I tried to be pickier. I also moved the block to around. Went to a smaller block and also placed it on my knee and on the ground. Nose Target I only clicked and treated if she responded to the verbal β€” if she moved toward my hand without the verbal I moved my hand away. Her response when I moved my hand away… Read more Β»

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