During an impromptu clicker training session with Jack in the field, teaching him to go around a pole in the ground, we noticed that he seemed to be a little bit distracted and kept wandering off unexpectedly.
Whilst it is true that he does have quite a short attention span, we were near a livestock pen at the time and at first we assumed that he was more interested in the livestock than us. In fact, the real reason was completely different.
This is what happens:
Please excuse the poor sound quality.
Jack likes working for treats but he really responds to praise and attention too, so we try to use a combination of both to keep him interested.
We noticed that he would only wander off after we verbally praised him and gave him a rub. At some point in the past, we have inadvertantly taught him that the praise and belly rub marks the end of the session. Rather than being distracted, he is simply heading home because he thinks it’s all over.
We may need to fade that behaviour if we intend work with him for more than 30 seconds at a time…
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