[nagdu] clicker training question
sherrill.obrien at verizon.net
Tue Dec 8 16:53:49 UTC 2009
I have a question about clicker training. I was introduced to it at Seeing
Eye, and found it fascinating. I have a friend who is a longtime guide dog
user who gets her dogs from Fidelco. They are using this method quite a
bit. But my friend often simply gives her dog a small treat when she's
introducing something new, skipping the clicker part altogether. If it
works, why not simply give a treat? My friend says she only has to do it a
couple times, the dog gets it, and the treats then go away since the dog
understands the desired behavior. Any thoughts?
From: nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org]On
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Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 10:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [nagdu] clicker training was tripping on bones
I don't know of any clicker books that don't focus on the visual aspects of
clicker training. That was a really difficult thing for me to get past when
I first started using clicker methods. Beginning exercises are usually some
variation of click when the dog looks at you. Poor Belle must have been
very frustrated with me. I must have tried a dozen nonvisual ways of trying
to figure out when her head was turned my direction. None of them worked
and I pretty much decided that clicker training was not for blind people.
Then someone suggested skipping the whole eye contact step and moving
directly to a nose target. Success! We got that figured out in a manner of
minutes. Things became much easier after I made the leap from doing exactly
what the books said to understanding the underlying logic and applying that
in a way that worked for me and Belle.
I think any of the clicker books available are really good resources to get
started understanding clicker methods, but for applying that knowledge to
guide dog training, I'd highly recommend joining an email group on the
topic. The group that Anne has on Smart Groups is very good. There is one
on Yahoo groups that is very good too, but my computer isn't cooperating at
the moment so I can't bring up the subscription info. It's blind and vi
clicker trainers, searching Yahoo groups should find it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tracy Carcione" <carcione at access.net>
To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
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Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 9:05 AM
Subject: Re: [nagdu] tripping on bones
> "Don't Shoot the Dog" is available from Bookshare.
> It seems to me to rely very heavily on seeing what is happening, though.
> Or maybe the problem is that Ben is smarter than I am, so he has trained
> me, instead of the other way around.
>> Rox! I'm surprised that you, of all people, suggest a P- solution to
>> problem of inconveniently abandoned shoes!
>> Albert, for a more "positive reinforcement-type solution--you might
>> try to notice the rare occasions when he tosses his shoes in the
>> of where you would like them to land, and immediately reward him with
>> something he really likes. You don't even have to tell him what the
>> is for; let him figure it out. (This is the "sneaky" method.)
>> Or, for a more straightforward approach, you could identify the place
>> you want him to put the shoes, and reward him immediately whenever the
>> hit that spot. In order for you to know when the shoes have "hit the
>> you might want to have some sort of sound-producing device that will let
>> know that the shoes have landed on the spot!
>> For tips on training all sorts of beings, Karen Pryor's book, "Don't
>> the Dog" is still one of the best resources, and very readable.
>> Have fun training!
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "The Pawpower Pack" <pawpower4me at gmail.com>
>> To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
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>> Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 12:45 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nagdu] tripping on bones
>>> next time he does it, just hide the shoes. He'll learn quick!
>>> My dogs also hide stuff outside. My current working guide, Laveau a
>>> Doberman loves her harness, she will take it to her bed and snuggle
>>> it until it is time to go to work again. I have to put it up high so
>>> she'll leave it alone. The other day I was getting ready to throw my
>>> harness in the wash and set it down to collect more laundry. In a
>>> she stole it and hid it. I had to send my golden in to find it, which
>>> she did. Mill'E, my golden keeps me organized. If I didn't have her
>>> be in a lot of trouble! *grin*
>>> Rox and the Kitchen Bitches
>>> Bristol (retired), Mill'E SD. and Laveau Guide Dog, CGC.
>>> "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you
>>> earn it and win it in every generation."
>>> -- Coretta Scott King
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