By Miriam Fields-Babineau
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For dogs that don’t care how delectable a food treat might be, stroking can be used as the primary reinforcer. Some dogs love a ball, a rope or a stuffed toy more than a piece of food. The action of giving the dog this toy to reinforce a specific behavior is rewarding and will encourage the dog to continue working. Food, however, is the easiest means of reinforcing good behavior. Most dogs have good food drives and it’s just a matter of finding the foods that motivate. Dogs without a food drive will be difficult to teach through positive reinforcement unless you can find another high-value motivator.
As your dog investigates, click and allow your dog to eat the food. 2. Lay the food closer and closer (shaping your dog into going closer to the target stick). Click each time he reaches the food. 3. Put the food directly on the end of the stick, which you wish Peanut to target. Again, click when he touches it. 4. Lift the tip of the stick slightly off the ground. When Peanut investigates and sniffs the end of the stick, click and give him the treat. 5. Gradually lift the stick higher with each successive exercise, clicking and rewarding for each correct response.
As he learns that the stick is the point at which you wish him to target, you can begin sliding it out of your hand and making it longer with each successive request, which in turn teaches your dog to target upon the end of the stick instead of your hand. You can test his responsiveness to the stick by moving it side to side and up and down. Each time your dog touches the end of the stick, click and reward. If at any time your dog makes an incorrect response, such as coming to you for the food or sniffing the ground, take the target stick away and say “Wrong” or “Uh, uh” in a tone that doesn’t carry inflection.