Establishing a Marker
BEGINNING A REWARD BASED PROGRAM
I shot this video in 2015 while I ran an online course via youtube training my now dog "Big Lou's" sire ... "Swinger" as a puppy.
Swinger went on to become a Master Hunter at the age of 3. It takes a total of 13 passed tests to achieve a MH title and Swinger did so in 15 attempts. He grew to become a fabulous adult competitor & companion based on using these sound foundation principles when he was a youngster.
The video is a bit out-dated, but, I still follow the same basic techniques. So .. this is an important one to watch!
4 Steps To Establish Your Marker
Young puppies will learn the concept of marker training very fast because they are a "blank slate." Have patience with older dogs (we call these dogs cross over dogs) it might take a little longer for them to catch on but certainly they will adapt. For dogs of any age, work on marker establishing as the ONLY task for at least one of your sessions each day for a few days when getting started. for the purpose of this course I will be using the term "C/T" (Click / Treat) but keep in mind if you choose to use a verbal marker ... the "C" = Verbal.
Here are the 4 essential elements needed to conduct a successful conditioning session: