Using calm markers to teach precision in heelwork – professional dog training

I will soon be releasing an article about the use of multiple markers in training, based on my presentation for the Art and Science of Animal Training Conference last year. https://www.artandscienceofanimaltraining.org/conference/2018-program/multiple-markers/ This is one of my videos that I showed at the conference as one of the examples of the benefits of creating markers that have different meanings to the animal. Here you can see, I am using errorless learning to proof ONLY the head position of Wish for heelwork (I have her target her feet two platforms so that I can get her back feet in perfect position. I go over this in my Weekly Puppy Insights. The reason she is on two platforms is to get her to line up her back feet perfectly so I can focus on her head position and not inadvertently reinforce her back foot movement) In the video you can see that I use the calm marker “good…” to mean stay in the position the reinforcement will come, and it predicts a calm reinforcement delivery. Then to end the behavior I use the marker “get it” meaning, stop doing the behavior and collect the reinforcement yourself.

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