Building Behavior: Shape the Future

ClickerExpo 2017 - Laura VanArendonk Baugh - Full length -

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Some of the most common questions about clicker training relate to getting a new desirable behavior to mark and reinforce. Luring, modeling, capturing, and prompting can take us only so far, and shaping seems like such a complex challenge. Let's talk about splitting a behavior into many tiny steps and progressing smoothly through a training plan to a goal behavior. In this way, animals discover their own creativity, power, and desire to work with a trainer. Shaping is fun for both trainer and learner. It builds a great relationship, but requires comprehension of the game by the animal, and both conceptual and mechanical fluency in the trainer.