This blog post contains one small/simple idea you can implement to help build your training skills today!
Your animal’s behaviour is affected by a significant variety of factors in any one training session. Additionally, we can only effectively focus on one thing at a time. What you need is a second pair of eyes watching and analysing the session – so video it and watch it back yourself. Videoing can help identify nuances of behaviour that are sometimes missed. Watching back your training allows you to identify what’s important for your animal. It can also help you develop elements of your training, such as your timing.
For example see how much we learned by filming trainer Bonnie whilst working with Devey the Brushtail possum. We used the video to slow the content down and this allowed us to analyse Devey’s focus.
Slowing the content down allowed us to analyse Devey’s focus and utilise this information in future training endeavours. We were able to understand how our hand movement acted as a bridge (It played the same role as the click sound in clicker training). Two options we considered were to either add a clicker or keep our hand movement consistent across all of our training.
If you would like an opportunity to learn all about how important timing is, as well as all the basics of clicker training you can take our full clicker training fundamentals course for just $1!
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I would love to hear how you use filming to your advantage? You can leave a comment below and let me know!
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