What treats do you recommend to use for training for a puppy? Also, what treats do you recommend for an adult dog?
Ooh, I would like to learn about how and when to fade treats since our puppy class is ending and she has mentioned that we need to fade, but not given any specific guidance :/. I have started to do it sort of as you describe but I want to make sure I've got it right. Maybe I'll post a new thread!Remember that training rewards should be faded as quickly as possible by putting the giving of food rewards on a variable schedule (either variable interval (for sits, downs and such) or variable duration (for stays)). As you train and your puppy grows his bond with you he will come to appreciate a break for a nice bit of petting or a bit of play as much or even more than food.
The idea is to make the dog always hopeful for the treat but not always given the treat. You need verbal markers (or a clicker perhaps) to make it clear what will happen. No or uh oh obviously means that was not correct (and we will try again, clearly no food reward). Good means I liked that but let's keep working and yes means that was excellent, here's a treat. You will gradually use fewer yesses and reserve them for excellent executions like super fast sits. If the dog thinks about sitting for a second before doing it that gets a good and no treat. As you go along keep the rate of yesses variable for just the best performances. The schedule can be something like sit, sit sit, treat, sit, treat, sit, sit, sit, sit, sit, treat with a gradual increase in the number of repeats before a treat comes. End on a successful and happy execution and some play. Remember to throw in good for nice but not the most awesome behaviors. Remember also to throw in short rounds of petting or play as alternate reinforcements of good executions. I think there are good descriptions of reinforcement schedules on Ian Dunbar's site and in his books.Ooh, I would like to learn about how and when to fade treats since our puppy class is ending and she has mentioned that we need to fade, but not given any specific guidance :/. I have started to do it sort of as you describe but I want to make sure I've got it right. Maybe I'll post a new thread!
Thanks for this! The picture of the dog enjoying his squeeze tube is so cute. I think Peggy would enjoy the novelty, and it's such a great idea for keeping hands clean (and warm!) on walks.