shaping behavior with the pups
Here is Jesus demonstrating the shaping we did last night. All I wanted was for him to go into the crate on his own without prompting or luring. While of course you could just put the food in the crate and have run in there, teaching it this way helps the puppies learn to offer a behavior (going in the crate) in order to receive a reward (dinner). This is the very first session, later sessions will result in much faster responses and then basically be automatic. I LOVE training young puppies because they learn behaviors quickly and tend to retain the information long term especially if the new owners also continue the work.