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Published on Jan 1, 2009
Follow Jessie's actual progress during the first steps learning to turn on a light switch. In under 4 minutes (approx. 45 clicks), she has the main idea. WARNING: If your dog has ever been on an e-collar (electric zaps as punishment), please DO NOT train your dog this way for a live light switch. Their wet noses make contact and cause a small zap. There are other switch adaptors (drop down) that would be suitable for dogs with this background as the dog does not have to interact with the actual switch. I discovered this when training Lucy, my rescue dog. She had been on an e-collar before we got her and she eagerly trained on the dummy switch. When I tried using the live switch, she touched it once, then ran away in fear and refused to touch it again. PLEASE, please, please do not use E-collars on your dogs. Not only is it punishing to your dog, there is too much unpredictable fallout after you stop using them.
I have been asked several times for footage of a dog learning a task or being shaped for the first time so new trainers could see the actual process and know what to expect. So here it is! Lots of repetition. Note she doesn't get clicked for any behavior she offers that I don't want later on such as pawing, stepping on or scratching the switch plate.
The only editing was for slow periods where she scrambled for food, when I repositioned myself as I was uncomfortable or when I turned on and off the camera.
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