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Foundation Concepts - Module 06

Obj 1 Combining with Other Learning Approaches: Capturing SLM6G12

Here Nicole and her standard poodle Lady Harper use social learning to start the single paw target behavior, then Nicole solidifies it by capturing each time her dog repeats it after that. Same behavior but this time with the handler standing so the dog starts to generalize the behavior. The next step would […]

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Obj 6: Slow Blink SLM6G6

Objective 6: Dog relaxes when sees the slow blink This behavior often calms a dog from being worried about something. Starting with your dog in a down position, perhaps even on a mat, look at your dog, wait until he makes eye contact, then make obvious slow blinks closing your eye lids slowly. Repeat several

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Obj 5: Panting Laugh SLM6G6

Objective 5: Dog copies person’s panting during play Dr. Jaan Panskepp discovered that rats laugh when tickled. Their laugh is a high frequency sound that is usually above our hearing range. After that, it was discovered that dogs also laugh. Their laugh sounds like a fast irregular pant. You will hear it when they are playing

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Obj 3: Turn to the Side SLM6G6

Objective 3: Dog turns body to the side after trainer does. In very uncomfortable situations, it is helpful if you or your dog make a very obvious turn to the side. Just like humans standing too close together, turning sideways gives each individual more personal space and relieves the social pressure. Think about human behavior

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Obj 2: Yawning SLM6G6

Objective 2: Dog Yawns after handler As we discussed earlier, yawning is contagious. It can be used to diffuse a situation between dogs or if people get too close accidentally. Yawn in front of your dog and see if he repeats the yawn. Practice it in several locations, then try it in an appropriate context

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Obj 1: Head Turn SLM6G6

Objective 1: Dog turns his head to the side after trainer does. A head turn in dogs can mean your dog needs either more personal space or time to process what’s going on near him. It might be used with a dog or person at a distance to start with. With your dog watching you,

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Systematic Desensitization

You will need to combine the process with a systematic desensitization if your dog is at all worried after the first few introductions. For sounds, build tolerance at a distance first. For vibration, choose parts of the body that are less sensitive to start with. That way you build trust before gradually moving to more sensitive

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Obj. 1 Scratch Board Example SLM6G7

Objective: Dog observes handle scrathing board and copies it Demonstrating scratching your hands on a scratch board can speed him learning to file his own front nails. Lucy already knows this behavior well, however, I have never consciously used demonstrating it to cue her before.  She catches on right away, then even switches paws when

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