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This new Session follows the theme of concept training that Ken Ramirez presents and evolves at ClickerExpo. It is designed to challenge experienced trainers and animals looking for new ideas to stretch and expand their abilities. At previous ClickerExpo conferences, Ken has focused on various forms of concept training—first was modifier cues, then mimicry, and, most recently, adduction. New for this year, Ken looks at several different types of concepts including matching to sample, “you do as I do,” repeat signals, and counting (including the concepts of more vs. less and same vs. different). This Session highlights the foundation skills needed to teach various concepts to your animal, and examines the steps to train them and the possible challenges you may face.
The path of clicker training is strewn with questions about interruptions, corrections, and punishment. What's the difference, or are they really the same? What's "legal" in clicker training? What about in an emergency?
This Session explores concepts from interruptions to no-reward-markers, identifying both good practices to clarify a learner's options and where well-intentioned intervention can inadvertently become punishment. The Session also covers definitions of commonly used terms and ambiguous or misleading language. You will leave with a new understanding of where unintentional punishment might be creeping into a training program and a new confidence in interrupting unwanted behavior without risking fallout.
“Be a good student of behavior.” -- Ken Ramirez Scientist George Schaller says that to understand behavior, you need “thousand-hour eyeballs.” Trainers can have 10,000-hour eyeballs and still never really know what an animal is experiencing. The scientific position of attributing human emotional states to animals (anthropomorphism) as being inaccurate, is steadily becoming obsolete. Ethology has taught us that animals are designed to convey their internal states of affect by all kinds of non-verbal movements and gestures, from hunched shoulders and raised hackles, to relaxed body posture and bright, alert eyes. Reading behavioral signals accurately requires giving up assumptions. One must pay attention to objective observations without immediately attributing subjective judgment. Individual dogs differ; study your own dog. Can you recognize the tension lines in the sides of the face when stress levels get serious? How about respiration rate? Are you aware if your dog sighs? Do you notice that widening of the eye? Clicker training demands that you develop exquisite observation skills so that you can anticipate when to click. Behavioral observation is a fascinating area of study that is likely to enlighten, and open your eyes wide. Kay explains how and where to focus your tactical behavioral observations.
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