Taking TurnsApril 16, 2020 2020-12-27 5:24
Building Value For Standing Still
If you have spent any amount of time training your dog, chances are you have focused on rewarding him for doing things. This could be heeling or maybe shaking or spinning in a circle or rolling over or or or …
We tend to dish out the most amount of treats for actions, never for stillness.
Combined with the fact that dogs are generally rewarded by their own adrenaline for going fast and “doing things”, they develop a strong preference for action vs inaction.
It is time we turn this around and teach them that stillness can be a default behavior, too – and slowly increasing our delay of reinforcement does not always mean they should get up and move.