Walk This Way Week 1

Marker Cues

Reinforcement drives behavior so we want to start with practicing our reinforcement delivery.

Yep– dog takes food from the hand- Stand still with hands at your side, say “yep” then reach for a piece of food and hand it to your dog.  Repeat several times.

Find it– dog chases tossed food- Stand still with hands at your side, say “find it” then reach for a piece of food, show it to your dog and drop it on the ground.  Repeat several times working from a dropped treat to a tossed treat.  We want your dog to hear “find it” then look at your hand to see where the food is going to be tossed.  Tracking the food should be easy for them.

Take it– dog takes food from the ground-Ask your dog to sit or lie down (wait or stay helps if they know it), stand still with hands at your side, say “take it” then reach for a piece of food and place it on the floor between you and your dog. Repeat several times.  If they are good with their wait/stay cue you can begin to place the food on the floor first before saying “take it”.

Remember these marker cues will be used to reinforce our dog and to reset them for the next repetition.

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