Monday, February 15, 2010

More Noise Work

I thought it would be interesting to reinforce Reagan for creating a noise. I took my shake cans that rattle and rewarded her for knocking them over. I started by clicking and giving one small treat for nose touches just to keep her interested and offering a jackpot for knocking the cans over.

Initially, Reagan worked well, but then appeared to startle herself and was not quick to repeat the behavior. I was amazed that she could turn, circle, get close, and move so much around the cans without actually touching them.

After several practice sessions, Reagan became more deliberate about rattling the cans and turning them over. It has been a good indoor exercise for rainy and snowy days.

13 comments:

Aragon greyhounds said...

Another suggestion would be to use the treat balls that dispense food. I have a couple of Buster cubes that I load with dry kibble. Put out on the concrete they really make some noise as they are rolled around to get the reward.

Now that Reagan is associating noise with food I bet she would try and play the game.

houndstooth said...

That is a great game and a really good idea!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I like how when you stack two cans on top of each other, she circles and really gives them a good look-over and then chooses to just knock the top one over carefully. She's one bright cookie!

~Lisa

BrittBeah said...

Her body controle really is amazing. If my guys were trying to do circles around cans they would have knocked them over and stepped on them before they had even finished one round. Clumsy boys. It is stressful to see her reaction to something so simple as a can falling such a short distance. Good luck with your training.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

She has no problem with the Roll-A-Treat. I haven't tried a Buster Cube though.

Yeah, body control is amazing especially considering that she steps on everyone! If only she treated the others like cans.

KF-in-Georgia said...

I watched the videos, and Sam came over looking for a treat. After all, mom, I heard the clicker, so I must have done something right and I'm looking for my reward...

Pam said...

This reminds me of my sweet little PC cocker... She got totally freaked out by a screaming kid in a stroller at a trial... I spent the next couple of months "mugging" Moms at the Mall parking garage. I'd lay in wait, watching for somebody pushing a stroller, then ask them to help me! I'd put treats all over the stroller and give treats to the kid to hand to her. I finally got her over her fear of strollers!

Maria Peters said...

Neat.
Good video that also shows how greys can be large, but not sloppy....no knocking over lamps etc....

Canoe was also looking for a treat and it has been AGES since I worked on clicker training with him.

Way to go Reagan! And of course, Jennifer!

Laura of the Kudzu said...

"But... but... I know those double stacks make double noise!"

Jen, she is really coming along on this. Have you also tried classical conditioning for noises? Not in a substitute for what you are already doing but in addition to it.

She was a hoot pushing the can just enough for it to move but no knocking it off the canister below. "OK, so is it just moving it that gets the click? Lets try." The girl's mind was racing along with her body.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Anytime we are in a "situation" I feed her if she will eat. Unfortunately, just about everything she is weird about doesn't really present a good opportunity for me to work on from a slightly uncomfortable distance and then gradually move closer. We are always just caught off guard or its unavoidable.

Mielikki's Hunt said...

wanted to say thanks for all the great ideas. I've been trying to bomb proof this litter as mom is very submissive and acts like she's easily spooked. . .and so far, these guys have a lot of confidnece, will have to use these ideas too :)

Laura of the Kudzu said...

"Unfortunately, just about everything she is weird about doesn't really present a good opportunity for me to work on from a slightly uncomfortable distance and then gradually move closer. We are always just caught off guard or its unavoidable."

Ain't it always the way. Well at least it isn't just me. LOL [sorry, I know it isn't funny] Aou can see Reagan is really in the game & getting steadily better. She is fun to watch.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

All I can do is maintain a sense a humor about it. It is interesting that my most talented hound with the most potential would have the most issues. It will be interesting to see the rest of the story, I think.