clickers

In contrast, lets make it as shiny as possible!  Here’s a fresh conch and upper helix piercing done with a diamond 3-Flower-Garland and a diamond Eternity clicker from Maria Tash.   Thank you so much!

Piercings by Tobias at Venus by Maria Tash in Manhattan

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My tribute to one of the finest games ever made. I had a blast playing this game and wanted to create an illustration that conveys the mood of it. I included a black and white version as it looks really cool in contrast to the coloured version.

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today is the first day that the clicker has been properly loaded. i never bothered introducing it to him because he’s mostly deaf, and although he can hear verbal cues, we primarily communicate through hand signals and body cues [we use thumbs up as a click usually]. he can hear some stuff though, and this clicker is pretty loud, so i figured why not try it out with him.

i spent a few minutes before recording introducing him to the idea that click = food, which he understood immediately, but we had a slight issue with him paying more attention to the actual sound of the click [he’s hard of hearing so any loud noise is very interesting] than to me trying to reinforce him.

i intended to teach him a wrap around the cone via shaping since he already knows hand targeting/following.

0:45 i cued for him to touch the cone [i pointed to the cone instead of the empty space next to it] accidentally instead of targeting. i ask him to target again, but he touches me instead. i then ask specifically for a touch so that i can reinforce the behaviour, hopefully satisfying his need to perform it so that we could move on.

1:00 i decide to scrap the wrap around and turn the cone over to see what he does. i didn’t have anything specific in mind, i asked him to touch it so that he understood that i wanted him to interact with the object, and then let him offer behaviours to me.

1:15 he is waiting for me to cue him, and i don’t respond to him as i wait for more offered behaviour. at this point, reinforcing touch on the bottom of the cone has been the only cone touch reinforced. it was at that point that i realized i could shape him to turn the cone right side up.

1:57 he flips the cone! he gets a big jackpot for that.

2:18 i reinforce him touching the cone on a different spot because i don’t want to ask for anything too specific. i just wanted him to know for sure that touching the cone is what we are focusing on.

2:25 excellent touch on the bottom.

2:55 i like to move the cone around occasionally just to change things up and keep him entertained.

3:06 both paws on the bottom! i should have reinforced it.

3:17 i state that from this point, i will only reinforce when he touches the bottom part of the cone.

3:45 he starts to get bored because he hasn’t been reinforced, and i get his attention again.

4:09 HE DOES THE THING! PARTY TIME

4:35 another complete behaviour. jackpotting each time he does it so that he knows that’s exactly what i was looking for.

4:54 success again

5:18 he just wants more food, too many jackpots too fast. i go back to reinforcing for paws on the bottom.

5:53 he does it again!

6:19 he is VERY excited about this trick now.

so this is how i taught my dog to flip a cone over in about 7 minutes. i’m sure it can be done way faster.

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Yesterday was a disaster and I completely forgot to post this, but new video’s up.

Like I said in the opening, I have no idea what the technical name for this is so I’m calling it name differentiation- asking the huas to recognize which cues apply to them and which do not. This is the first time I’ve attempted this with them in such a structured way and I was floored by how well they handled it. Obviously these clips are “highlights,” there were definitely a few times where they messed up but that’s okay, we ain’t all perfect! Also I’m making a blooper reel so you will be seeing the not-so-perfect moments in the future.

cat trainer on tv: clicker training works better than any other method

dog trainer on tv: clicker training works better than any other method

rat trainer on tv: clicker training works better than any other method

donkey trainer on tv: clicker training works better than any other method

alligator trainer on tv: clicker training works better than any other method

dolphin trainer on tv: clicker training works better than any other method

horse trainer on tv: just beat tf out of your animal! dont be nice to your horse!

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Have to share this for those who want to teach their horse crunches! This girl documented it step by step and has 6 videos up so far, great for anyone unsure how to start. Plus her horse is super cute.