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"What Is This?" (Teaching a Visual Match to Sample)

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by Elizabethanne Stevens

In this video, I demonstrate teaching the complex task of matching a visual sample.  The training is designed to keep the rate of reinforcement high and to make the learning as easy as possible for my poodle.  The video shows the use of an opening position (a down on a mat) and the use of a target stick to indicate the article to be picked up.  In addition, the video shows how to change a cue via the new cue/old cue protocol.  These concepts can be applied to many training scenarios.