Teaching lights -dog tricks clicker training

I just found this pet related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!


YouTube Description

Splash and Kiko were trained to turn the light switches on and off using Free Shaping. In this video I wanted to show that you can use Luring to achieve complex behaviors in a rapid amount of time. Tug already has the skills of fading a lure and adding a verbal cue under his belt. But I have to say that all this footage was taken from a single training session of 10 minutes long. When using free shaping getting to this same level with the two behaviors of “push” and “off”- it took a few more training sessions and I found it harder with dogs that liked to retrieve as they would keep offering trying to put the light switch in their mouth like a dumbell. Hope you have fun with this one! The key is to keep raising criteria quickly!!! DONT get trapped on the luring stage!!! The luring stage should only last a couple of minutes until your dog is reliably making sweeping movements to confidently turn the switch on and off. See you next time!

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25 Responses

  1. kikopup
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    @tboucher22 Its Tugs version of roll up in a blanket. my friend “pamelamarxsen” has a tutorial on it, if you search for “Roll up in a blanket – cute dog trick ”

  2. kikopup
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    @MapleStoryPQ you can try playing games like ‘101 things to do with a box” – clicking the dog for going towards things, then touching them. If you teach touch with your hands first, and then move on to objects it makes it easier. Kiko my chi used to be scared too!

  3. kikopup
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    @NottaTrace I will ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. kikopup
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    @breyercollecter2000 I think so too! hehe.

  5. kikopup
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    @kikopup oh, p.s. the “handy switch”s plug has an annoying “night light” on it that turns on when the light is off. I dont know why they have that… i think its stupid. But its easy to cover.

  6. LittleMsIvy
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    @kikopup Thought so! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. RescueCadetsUSA
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    Awesome!!! I want to teach this, but I don’t have those kind of light switches. I will teach it with something else maybe. But very cool, and go Tug!

  8. ilovejanelle
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    Great video!

  9. AnimalLoverLizzy
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    Oooooh I can’t get over how adorable Tug is!!! Loved the roll over with the blanket at the end there!
    Off to work on this with Sparky now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Rickyagility
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    I like how you taught Tug with a lure – I prefer teaching tricks with some luring so your technique was very helpful! Thanks for another great tutorial!

  11. fickla01
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    I was wondering what you think is the best way for a dog to turn off the light when raised to full height. I teach a nudge up with the nose and wold prefer a nudge down as the dog isn’t scratching the wall then or putting teeth marks in the light, but can say your average size labrador retriever do a nudge down at a normal height lightswitch?

  12. esofolis
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    Your dogs are way to cool.

  13. ElliotDMDS
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    Wow Tug is amazing! He learned all that in 10minutes?
    What a smart dog he is! (Or what a great trainer you are) Or both ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. newbear95
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    Love your dogs! They are so smart! Splash is awesome! She can turn the small light switch on and off without the pen cap on it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. tehrenberg
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    Oh my, that little growl of his is adorable, and I love his sweet curious face peering out from underneath the blanket ; ]

    LOVE this tutorial, as usual your helpful hints are such a bonus!!!

  16. landei00
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    i like that you allowed youre dog to be in bed!

  17. TheBlueClam
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    ***!! I’d soo teach this if we had light switches like that :<<
    awsum! thnx 4 sharing!

  18. andreevalisa
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    Your dogs are so nice! And I’ve got the other type of the switch((

  19. pamelamarxsen
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    I just love Mr. Tugerton! He is so smart and just super adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. breyercollecter2000
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    @kikopup is he a chihihuahua?

  21. nikiosko
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    What treats do you use?

  22. brittanyjadexo
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    So so cute! I was trying to teach Jackson how to flick the light switch but I only had one switch in my house that he could jump on the back of the furniture and then switch it… it was just kinda awkward. I’ve been inspired to go to Home Depot and go buy a better light switch now! I think he could learn this pretty quick. Tug just ‘tugs’ at my heart, he’s sooo adorable.
    Brit & Jackson

  23. hdsheena
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    You have the most amazing uses for poster tack.

  24. huskylover127
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    What An amazing video ! cant wait to teach Roxy this new trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. mariocp21
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    What treats do you use and where do you buy them?? im pretty sure you get so many comments and messages so any one else wondering the same thumps up so she can read it. thank you

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