Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by hannahb_patch_faith, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. hannahb_patch_faith Well-Known Member

    Hi All,

    I have been doing some shaping with my 4 1/2 month old Border Collie who is doing really well with it and is offering lots of behaviours that i like.

    My question is how do i then put it on que?


  2. Dlilly Honored Member

    This is what I do, when I taught Rory to put his nose in my boot, I would say the cue 'Boot' right as he would start to put his nose in the boot. I repeated it a few times, and he soon understood.
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  3. fickla Experienced Member

    That's the hardest part! And the most boring :) I usually say the cue right before I think they're going to offer it. Once the dog is starting to get it I'll tell them to wait before I cue the trick so I can make sure the dog is listening. From there I then work on discriminating other simple tricks mixed in with the new trick.

    For most things you really don't need a verbal only cue. Hand signals are easier for most dogs to get as they are usually some variation of a lure and even if you only used shaping to get the trick dogs are more visual. And for many tricks you don't need a verbal or a hand signal as an object becomes the cue itself. Even when the dog knows how to do many things with one object, a clicker savy dog will get what you want in that session within very few clicks.
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