If you are not a member of the Susan Garrett e-mail list, I suggest you subscribe. During the month of March SG shared a tip a day. This month she shares a podcast. I had a chance to listen to it last night.
The key point:
Reinforcement builds behavior.
Such a no brainer and yet how difficult is it to remember?
People are so quick to stop when an error is made. People reward ENDS rather than tough, good choices.
I am so lucky that my primary agility trainer (Katrin) works this philosophy.
I think EVERYONE can benefit from listening to this podcast, but particularly those who train complex behaviors. Sometimes when we are running a course or sequence in class (the optimal time to make mistakes) we get tunnel vision about finishing the sequence - it is SO much more important to stop and GIVE YOUR DOG A COOKIE (as Katrin would yell) when they do something right.
3 weeks ago