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Foundation Concepts - Module 05

Example 3: Barking Dog

Barking Dog Dogs bark for many reasons. They communicate something. Our job is to figure out what the bark means by using the tone, pattern, intensity and context. Once we have figured out what it might mean, only then can we decide on a good course of action. Choosing the wrong path can lead to

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Discussion M5G2

What other simple objects can you demonstrate interacting with your dog? In general, interacting with objects is easiest for most dogs as long as the behavior isn’t too complex. I found that the targeting aspect was easy for my girls to mimic. What about your dog?

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Informal Learning

Informal Skill Learning Situations Social learning is used in many training situations to teach novice dogs new skills from experienced dogs. This was used historically used when breeds were being developed and still is today. I wonder if the dogs chosen for breeding were actually displaying evidence of higher levels of mirror neurons in the specific dogs as

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Discussion M5G1

If you have access to a second dog, repeat the process with both dogs a little later in a different room and see what happens. If you don’t have a dog, use a stuffed toy dog to model the behavior.   Did it work?  Repeat in a third room. Was your dog successful in the

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Formal Learning Situations

Learning by Observation extends to more formal learning situations too. I think this is where we can use it more often to teach dogs new behaviors. The other dogs are typically ones the learner knows well, though I have seen such learning occur with dogs that are new to each other. Jumping in Air with

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Work Against Our Teaching

Social Learning Can Work Against Teaching Interestingly, social learning can work against training. Like in a classroom, if the teacher gets louder, so do the children. If the teacher whispers, the children do as well. A good gym teacher tends to use more active body movement and noise while teaching than a librarian who models calm thoughtful behavior.So, when you want your dog

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Contagious Behaviors

In humans, “behavior contagion” occurs when one person unconsciously copies another. If you smile at someone, it can be hard for them not to smile back. There are 7 common behaviors that most people will copy. Yawning There have been several studies that show dogs will catch a yawn from other dogs and humans too.

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Discussion M18L13

Go back through all of the behaviors we have taught in the modules so far and test them for latency. Video retraining at least 3 those behaviors that need latency improved. Make sure to train in sets of 5-10 repetitions with a break between each set.Move on to other behaviors you may have already taught your dog.

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