… well, not quite!
Gummi has been a little uncertain about the water (nothing strange, there, Bajas didn’t get into a pool or lake voluntarily until he was 3 or 4 yrs old). But we got out a toy, the clicker and some treats and headed for the beach!
There were not too many berries, but we had a good time.
We had to cross this river getting to and from the area.. On the way back I almost lost my footing and had to put poor Gummi down.. I hoped he’s stay on one of the larger stones, but he had a little swim.. Poor guy – but I got hold of him again and he got safely across in the end.
Thanks for all your kind words about the terrible tragedy that occurred here in Norway on Friday. We also got our power back yesterday, after almost 5 hours. We have no idea what caused it, but it was fairly local (as the pizza place had power.. BOL!). We had ham and pepperoni pizza, and PA had jalapeños on his half.
We’ve already shown you some of the tricks Gummi has been working on with Mom and the clicker. http://wrigglebutts.blogspot.com/2011/07/talented-puppy.html And we thought we’d talk a bit about what that’s all about.
Clicker training is mostly associated with the clicker, like the one above here. Clicker training, however, generally refers to a special way of training where the sound from the clicker signals the dog that “yes! that’s it!”. It’s called operant conditioning – think of Pavlov’s dogs: the bell signaled to the dogs that the food was coming, making them salivate. In the same way the click tells the dog a reward is coming. It’s usually treats (especially in the beginning), but it can also be a game of tug or something else the dog enjoys. The treats to be tasty, soft (easy to eat), small enough that they don’t have to chew a lot and big enough to be worth working for. The main benefits of clicker training is the precision you get and the ability to shape behaviors. Shaping refers to clicking for random action from the dog – you teach the dog to sit by clicking when the dog happens to sit down. You teach the dog to close the cupboard door by clicking for him looking at it, then touching it with his nose or paw, then by giving it a push and so on. Instead of luring the dog to do what we want, we use what the dog does to shape into something we can use. Or just for fun, like with Gummi and that tire.
Mom signed up for a free one week on-line clicker class just over a week ago and today we discovered that it’s also available in English, so we thought we’d let you all know about it. http://www.canisclickertraining.com/ Just sign up and every day you’ll get an e-mail with the theory and you/your dog’s homework. It will work great with a cat, too. Virus has done a little clicker training, but Mom didn’t really continue his training. You can find some more free classes here: http://www.clickerlessons.com/clicker.htm but it really was nice to get an e-mail reminding us to do the work every day. Gummi is signed up for puppy classes at the dog school the people from Canis is running – you can be sure you’ll hear more about this in the future. BOL!
Interested in a good read this summer? For anyone interested in the principles we warmly recommend the book “Don’t shoot the dog” by Karen Pryor. http://store.clickertraining.com/dontshootdog.html Here’s a link to it at the author’s site, but it should be available many places. It’s not specifically about dogs, despite what its name might suggest, but about how to make your kids go to bed on time, the angry bus driver to become happier and your cat stop using its claws when playing.. Just generally about how to shape the world around you into a better place.
To all of you who have heard about the horrible things that have been happening here in Norway today, we just wanted to let you know we’re safe. First a bomb went off downtown Oslo, in a place I passed so many times either on my way to work or when we were going up to the lake or other places with the boys..
Soon after there were reports of a man, dressed as a policeman, shooting kids at a political summer camp..
7 confirmed dead from the bomb and 10 at the island so far… It is truly unbelievable and our thoughts and sympathy go out to everyone affected by the tragedy.
Gummi is the first puppy I have used the clicker with almost from the start. He is catching on fast, and we’re just shaping silly little tricks to get the hang of it. The very first thing we tried was the “touch”. I’m going to transfer this to other objects later, but you use what you have available.
I’ve tried to take some videos with my phone while handling everything else – making both the quality of the video and of the training a bit below average, but at least we have some proof. 🙂