Sunday, July 19, 2009

Huh? What?

Doreen is still recovering from her bronchitis, and she still can't talk much because of her sore throat. Fortunately, she is still able to help with training, since the first few steps in clicker training are done in silence. The puppy is supposed to offer behaviors, trying new things until he gets it right.

We're teaching "go to bed," and Dempsey has it mostly down, though there are a few finer points that still elude him. This is pretty fun to watch, at least for us people. Because Dempsey likes to look smart, I think he would prefer his training sessions not be recorded.


  1. I Love this video! It's amazing that positive reinforcement with bridging done *correctly* can get a dog to Think so much! What was the desired behaviour? I love how he looks at all the drawers and cupboard doors to see if there's something to push close and then settles on the door! Thanks for sharing! :-D

  2. Dempsey is learning to "go to bed" using a small rug. He does it so well, we decided to use the cue in a room where he couldn't see the rug. Unfortunately, this is also where we practice push, so he assumed that's what we wanted. Smart puppy!