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Published on Dec 5, 2007
At 14wks, German Shepherd puppy, Cooper, needs to practice basic obedience in all conditions (day/night, hot/cold, home/public... etc). This is his first time seeing snow, good opportunity to train! He learned a lot in the past 3-weeks. We've introduced his basic commands of: Come, Sit, Down, Stay, Talk (1 bark), Tell Me (2+ barks).
In this video I am using a clicker for Marker Training. Once he "gets is", and after MANY repetitions in MANY different environments, I will start to use a Variable Reward System, and ween him off 100% reinforcement. IF done correctly, I will build positive muscle memory to last his lifetime.
A training log is a great tool to hold myself accountable, and keep him on a smart reinforcement schedule.
2014 FOLLOWUP: Cooper is an amazing search and rescue dog www.vsrda.org/k9-cooper. His has a great obedience foundation, which was achieved through "introducing" behaviors with marker training. We use many different tools to train him, and he has been happily working since 2009.