Challenge 1.1 – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Challenge 1.1

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  • MadMoe says:

    Darn we did this and I uploaded then I forgot to submit before I started Habitat for Humanity volunteering lol

  • debrawcross says:

    After reading below comments, I have resubmitted a new video rewarding one hand touch at a time.

  • debrawcross says:

    I had to resubmit my REWARD number. I had many more repeated hand touches.

  • addictedtolabs says:

    I have 3 dogs and assume its fair to just pick one for the contest. I am going to use the 9 month old’s session to submit.

  • kbjones70 says:

    Was just about to upload my video and hand touch count but after reading the comments I need to redo this because I didn’t reward every touch. Hand touches is a game we’ve played for a long time (my dog is 5+ years) so I usually use a variable/intermittent reward schedule with him instead of an F/1 reward schedule.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Variable reinforcement is great. But for the challenge we’re looking at rewarded reps. Then we can use nose touches to up our rate of reinforcement.

  • marydschultz says:

    Fun challenge.

  • Christinede1 says:

    Definitely need small easy to chew treats! FUN game!

  • Jerry says:

    Rewards or touches? Lots of touches without rewards. May actually have been one or two more but I am not sure he really reset and touched again or just mugged my hand.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You should be counting REWARDED repetitions. We want to improve our rate of reinforcement by focusing on reward mechanics.

      You should be controlling the reset by either closing and reopening your hand or clearly moving your hand to “re-present”. So repeated nose touches (pecking) do not count for this challenge.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Just watched your video. Really nice strong nose touches! You just need to try the drill again and reward each one. We want to practice reward mechanics and increasing rate of reward.

  • Diane Schlesinger says:

    Can you give a verbal “touch” command? I’m guessing yes, but I don’t think Esteban did.

  • jrtfan says:

    Can you switch hands? And must we reward after every rep? I guess that does not sound nice to withhold the reward but presenting the treat and giving them a second to chew it reduces the number of reps?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You can switch hands. But you must reward. This drill will help you to improve your mechanics so that you can increase the rate of reinforcement. Getting more nose touches in isn’t the goal, getting more REWARDS in is the goal and the behavior we have chosen is the nose touch.

      Most handlers can improve their rate of reinforcement through better reward delivery mechanics.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You DO want to consider the length of time it takes your dog to chew the treat. And you want to consider that in “real life” too. It’s a balance between desire by your dog (what that like) and what is practical or ideal for you to deliver. Dog biscuits are generally a bad choice for this reason. Zukes works quite well. Biljac is usually very high on the desire scale and they eat it quickly but is hard to carry and gets all over your hands.

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