Recently, I asked for your questions about using shaping in dog training, and wow, did you deliver! I’m covering misconceptions about shaping, where shaping went wrong for me in the 90s with my dogs and a wall, what you need to know about successive approximations, and how behavioral blocks set dogs up for success. Plus, I’m answering some of your most popular questions and sharing the steps so you can shape your dog to close a cupboard door.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • About shaping using successive approximations.
  • Where successive approximations went wrong for me with Twister, Stoni and a wall. .
  • How to use reinforced behaviors as building blocks for shaping.
  • Key tips for successful shaping sessions.
  • Q1: Should I be using a non-reward marker when I'm shaping?
  • Q2: What is a good exercise to help a dog to learn to be okay with offering responses?
  • Q3: I've heard the comment, click for action and reward for position. Do you agree?
  • Q4: I try to shape, but my mechanics suck and my dog and I get very frustrated. So, I've heard shaping isn't for novices. Is this true?
  • Q5: Susan, do you cue shaping sessions?
  • Q6: What do you do if the dog keeps getting it wrong?
  • Q7: Does shaping work with all behaviors and tricks that can be taught or shaping only for specific things?
  • Q8: Some things I just can't fathom how to shape.
  • Q9: Does this work with all breeds, even unintelligent breeds?

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