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Choice – Part 2

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Recently I wrote a blog with a video of using “choice” with Brito in training.  In effect, I rewarded all of his choices – even the “wrong” ones – in order to maintain a high level of motivation for his work and to minimize the stress of being wrong.

You can see that blog here:

This video is a follow up, taken about two weeks later.

Brito has developed a clear understanding of what I want and we’re beginning to combine skills.   Sessions are becoming much faster paced as a result of his correct choices – that’s fun for him and further reinforces the work that we are doing together.  Now being correct earns cookies, toys, praise and….flow.  Fast paced movement where time passes effortlessly and the activity is all consuming.

Because our entire training sessions have been enjoyable, Brito has experienced little or no stress in learning, and I’m able to freely use the proofs as either distractions or reinforcers.  He shows no avoidance behaviors of the toys or unsureness in the work.

As a side benefit, he is also much clearer on the idea that balls are only awesome if I’m somehow attached to them.  A win/win!



About dfenzi

I'm a professional dog trainer who specializes in building relationship in dog handler teams who compete in dog sports. My personal passions are Competitive Obedience and no force (motivational) dog training. I travel throughout the world teaching seminars on topics related to Dog Obedience and Building Drives and Motivation. I own Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, a comprehensive online school for motivational training of performance sport dogs.

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