One of my new year’s resolutions was to get the humans to do more stuff with me.
With the weather so awful latelies, this seemed like a perfect time to get them to teach me something new. I loves learning new stuff, because there’s always treats involveds.
The humans have got really, really lazies about teaching me new stuff since I got olders. They thinks just ’cause I know how to behaves alreadies they don’t have to teach me anything new, the meanies.
I heard the sayings that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but I think the humans should speak for themselves. They might get olders and stupiders, but us doggies get smarter when we get olders!
So I was really exciteds when the humans got the clicker out and said: “Come on Jasper, let’s learn something new!” Clicker trainings is wonderful fun and it involves lots and lots and lots of treats, ’cause the clicker noise ALWAYS means a reward. It’s so excitings I always starts barkings when we start and the humans gives out to me. They say I barks so much at first I forgets to listens or think and turn into a dummy! I got to admit they may be right, but I’m only doggie after all…
If you never trieds clicker trainings, you should, ’cause it’s wonderfuls!
The humans first have to teach you that the clicker means lovely stuff, so you begins with them clicking and then giving you an extra yummy treat for nothing over and over. I still remember that bit from long, long ago, it was lovelies!
After that, you can start practising with stuff you already knows how to do, like clicking for a good sit or down and stuff. After you both got the idea, you can moves on to learning new stuff.
Clicker trainings is hard work, ’cause the humans can’t tell you what they wants. So you have to guess and guess until you gets it a little bit right and they clicks you so you know you got a bitty of the idea. Then they expects it to do it a bit better every time or they won’t clicks you. They calls that shapings.
You might think you can just tells you doggie when they did it right instead, but just between you and me, you humans mostly got really, really lousy timings and you often just confuses us doggies. So you needs the clickers to help you get it right. Even with the clicker the humans still confuses me all of the time!
The humans has trouble thinking of new stuff to teach me these days, ’cause I knows so much stuff alreadies. So this time they decideds they were going to teach me how to put my ball into a bowl.
Now, once you know that’s what they wants it sounds easy: pick up ball, put it in bowl. Simples, right? But no, it was really, really hard, ’cause I didn’t understand that was what they wanteds.
They started out with the bowl in front of them and they traineds me so sloppilies that I thought they wanteds me to bring them the ball and roll it off their legs! I got luckies a few times and dropped it into the bowl by mistakes, so the humans moved the bowl farther away ’cause they thought I knew it was the bowl I should hit.
But I was just confuseds and tried throwings the ball at them for ages instead. I told you the humans were good at confuseling me!
So the humans had to clicks me for dropping the ball a little closer to the bowl all the time instead until I finally realiseds what the dummies wanteds. And then I thought I might get more clicks for taking the ball out of the bowl, but no such luck…
Put the ball in the bowl? That’s easies, why didn’t you say so in the first place?!
Good linkie to get started with clicker trainings HERE.