R is for:
Random – turm your training sessions into an event! Be the slot machine and then your dog will be addicted to your clicks just by using a variable rate of reinforcement.
Rashness – you would probably prefer that your dog thinks about his responses so give him time to think. That’s why I like the power of the clicker to connect the behavior with the reward. With communication tools you aren’t required to rush treats to your dog’s mouth.
Rational – dogs are rational creatures. They make choices according to the rules of what your response will be. Dogs also do what works. Adjust the environment to remove unintentional reinforcers.
Reinforcement – the opposite of punishment for operant conditioning. Something is considered a reinforement if it increases the liklihood of a repition of the behavior offered just prior to the marker. If your dog is doing a behavior you do not like look at what they are getting out of that behavior.
Repetition – it takes many repetitions to get your communication in place. Repetition should not be a strategy when prompting or cueing a behavior. If your dog only sits the third time you say ‘sit’ it is because that’s what you have trained them to do.
Research – your dog is a natural scientist. She is researching your responses under various conditions.
Return – a beautiful behavior to teach your dog to reset after a reward.