"There's no right way to do it, but you're doing it wrong."
Is there one right way to teach a fitness behavior? No. But more and more I'm hearing certain training techniques are bad or not appropriate for learning or for fitness.
And I'll be the first to admit that I use an amalgamation of different techniques to get the final behavior, then turn it into an exercise and finally include it into a workout. I think it's important to understand all the different techniques, know how they work best, and know when to use them individually and in combination.
My first consideration when training a new behavior:
Setting the environment:
My second consideration when training a new behavior:
Will luring help?
My third consideration when training a new behavior:
Can I use capturing and luring together to decrease frustration?
Examples of Lured Fitness Behaviors:
Down to Stand
Examples of Captured Fitness Behaviors:
Front Paw Target
Rear Paw Target
Examples of Exclusively Free Shaped Behaviors In Fitness
Stay tuned for how I teach dogs to lure to decrease frustration and food mania.
Working with June Bug to capture 3 new behaviors on a platform.