Thursday, January 20, 2011

Loopy Training: Getting a High Rate of Reinforcement

I never went to this session by Alexandra Kurland at expo.
But last spring I read this fabulous blog post has -greatly- impacted my training.

If we aren't getting a behavior immediately offered after the click, I'll break it down and use a smaller criteria piece until we're back into the 'loop'.

It's easy to get caught up in "the dog WILL offer the completed/desired behavior" and then waiting it out. And sometimes that's appropriate. But that often can lead to a very poor rate of reinforcement. And probably less overall fluency than we think we have.

More efficient training. More repetitions. Faster progress. And it gives students a way of measuring 'success' other than counting numbers/percentages of correct responses.

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