Beyond the click – A "Competitive Rivalry Strategy"I call it a "Competitive Rivalry Strategy" (or something like that). And, sometimes, it works really well to increase the dog's motivation for a (learned) behaviour. In this case, with Pit, apparently it doesn't work. But see what happens in the very end of the session… La chiamo la "strategia della rivalità" (o qualcosa del genere). E, qualche volta, funziona bene nell'aumentare la motivazione verso il comportamento (appreso). In questo caso, con Pit, in apparenza non funziona. Ma guardate cosa succede alla fine della sessione…
Posted by Gentle Team © on Sunday, April 3, 2016
This is so cool! There have been a couple of times where I’ve been training Mort a specific trick or movement (several movements building upon each other leading to a finished trick), and Tig has been watching the progress on the couch. After many repetitions with Mort and if I’ve been using food (what she’ll want), she’ll simply hop down off the couch and do the finished trick perfectly for the food. This has happened a couple of times, so it doesn’t appear to have been a fluke.
Tig and my short-lived agility lessons were the same. She’d watch all the other dogs, know what to do with the equipment, and simply not no matter how much motivating everything and sweat I poured into the effort. Then out of the blue, she’d do the thing perfectly. Once. To much amusement of everyone there. Then go back and lounge in the sun and watch cats behind the fence and refuse to repeat the behavior. Like “See? I learnt it. I did it. I simply have NO reason to do this thing. Watching cats is much better. Let’s go home to the couch.” I (mostly) listened to her, and now Mort and I work together.
This video is a human/dog version of this idea, and so incredibly cool. I also love the loud/positive training vocalizations and happy wagging tail during training.