Sunday, February 3, 2013

Clicker Expo 2013: Ken Ramirez: Adduction Training

concept training examples: space conceptualization (eg, how much room the human next to you needs) and intelligent disobedience in guide dogs, modifiers - left/right, over/under - in search and rescue dogs, matching to sample (he taught this to his own dog), mimicry as a behavior

standard clicker training teaches very specific behavior. concept training teaches ideas
creative games make concept training easier: free shaping, 101 things to do with a box, Kay Laurence's Learning Games

clear criteria is still important

how do I begin? good foundation, solid basics (clicker, cue savvy, understanding of clear criteria), desensitize to new things constantly, practice generalization, dog must be well-trained before you start

types of adduction: a type of compound cue - can come in many forms
additive - cue one behavior, then anothe to go on at the same time
conceptual adduction - animal understands idea of doing 2 or more behaviors together, so thoroughly that trainer may cue 2+ behaviors that have never been put together previously
"and" - all behaviors done simultaneously
"then" - all behaviors done in order they were cued

additive adduction
most trainers have done this at some time
passive - go to mat, lie down
active basic - run with me and jump over hurdle
active complex - lie down now come to me (crawl)
more complex combos require more work on the dog's part
prompting often required to get animal to do togther, also requires certain amount of coordination from animal, can be developed with practice
more often is is used, better animals becomes at it

conceptual adduction
animal can receive multiple cues before carrying out instructions
can combine behaviors that have never been previously combined or trained together
without both it has not reached the level of a true "concept"
often requires a mechanism to let animal know when trainer has completed series of cues: release signal, target removal, "hold" - "ok", "wait" - "go"
multiple modal cuing: verbal cue combined with visual cue (or other form), can eliminate need for release signal
start by having series of well-established cued that don't take dog far away from you

A+B+"go" - dog executes A then B after you cue "go"

At this point Chimera was really bored and I couldn't keep him quiet with chewies or petting or tugging. We left the lecture early.

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