YOUR PROGRESS IN THIS COURSE:
I hope this isn’t a silly question but in the video you are rewarding a lot for keeping the paw on the target? Do we not want them to keep their paw up not touching the target? Maybe this is the start and it will continue later in the class?
@jordan-briggs. Im starting with front paws. Not really sure how to get back paws. Will that come in another lesson?
YES love teaching back feet. That will come 😉
Not a silly question at all! Yes, I continue to reward as long as the dog is holding their paw up on the target. We will be able to use that in the future exercises to build duration 🙂
Here is Trooper with Wave – I use Footsie for right paw lift, and paw for left paw lift. I really like the idea of 1,2,3,4. I am now working on his 3rd back paw lift and have not assigned any name for the cue yet. https://vimeo.com/288440342/b02f9a376c
Great start!! Be very mindful of the timing with your clicker. Many times the click is late. Just try to focus on clicking the moment that the paw is at its highest! Dont worry about saying anything at all until after you have clicked. It is most important that comes out on time. The next step for you here is to start to encourage more duration (on both paws). To do so I normally try to continue to click and reward as long as the dog is holding a paw up. You can start that by getting a second click… Read more »
OK! Will work on duration and timely clicks! Thanks 🙂
I am having trouble getting one of my dogs to even lift her paw. My other two are doing great. Any ideas to help her lift her paw?
What about trying it with a target??
You can offer the target towards her and click as soon as she lifts the paw (not when she touches the target) then work on fading the target pretty quickly and continuing to shape the paw lifts from there adding duration etc..
Hi @Jordan Biggs,
Here is Judge with his wave. He likes to use his left paw more but does offer the right 1 in 4 times typically. I will start adding the number for the paw to see if I can get it more even.
Looks great!! The first thing I would do is start adding a bit more duration. Anytime he holds it in the air (even the slightest bit) mark and reward again immediately. This will start to put more value into holding that position (and that reward chain will become a sort of cue to him that you want him to hold this position in other tricks as well).
Lulu was taught shake a paw when she was young so it didn’t take long to transform that into a wave. I added a physical cue pretty quickly of me waving a finger at her. I wanted her to wave the paw on the same side as my finger was waving. She caught on pretty quickly.
Awesome!! From here, I would continue to add more duration to it (especially if you want to use it as a leg lift). You can also try the 1-2-1-2 trick. She looks like she is ready for that. SO try asking for one when she is holding the other and see if she can figure out the hand change. JP if she does it without completely putting the other paw on the ground before the one is up!
Tried to increase the duration. Also started to use the 1-2 cue. I have a question about using the same hand or switching hands. Right now I change hands if I want the other paw up. So as I sit in front of her, if I wave the finger of my right hand, I want her to mirror me and wave her left paw and if I wave the finger of my left hand I want her to wave her right paw. Is that a good idea or will this be confusing in the long run — should I just… Read more »
I would continue with using both hands to cue either paw. Works just fine! Yay! Adding duration is looking really good! I would try to add duration by getting in multiple click and rewards for holding her paw up. This can be really difficult to get in the beginning because the click is an end of behavior cue as well. My recommendation would be to use a separate marker work in theses situations where you will want to build duration that way (sit pretty, wave, limping, holding up a rear foot etc..) So use like “yes” and no clicker. When… Read more »
So I dumped the verbals for a while and tried to get her to keep her paw up and possibly keep it higher. Used a clicker for some reps and my verbal yes marker for others. She did keep it up longer than in the previous session but I had just a bit of success with it being held high. Not sure what I need to do for her to keep it high instead of just hanging there. Suggestions?
Much better!! The progress with that multiple reward for duration system will be a bit slow and then all of a sudden she will just GET IT! So just continue like you were in the very beginning (I would stay sitting) either use the marker word or the clicker, either is fine, BUT make sure that you click and give a cookie every time. A few times you were just clicking over and over again. Also, be really conscience of clicking anytime she re-lifts her paw. You can see that she will life it high and as soon as you… Read more »
We made some headway on the wave today!! Pretty happy with this session. Lulu’s keeping the paw up higher and for longer!! Now I just have to put it on cue! And have a different cue for each paw!
Looking better! You went back to with holding the click for duration? I still recommending multiple mark and rewards for duration. However, yes, she is getting more and more duration 🙂 Nice work!