Dachshund Mommy: Currently, Nola is targeting a yogurt lid taped to the door to shut it. I will be either cutting the lid smaller and smaller till it's gone, or just removing it completely and cueing her to shut the door. Probably just remove it completely, since Nola is a very smart dog.
I taught her this trick by teaching what's called behavior chain (i.e. you teach lots of smaller parts, then string them together to have a complete behavior). First I taught her to target a yogurt lid with her foot. Then once she had that down, I taped the lid to the wall. Once she mastered hitting that, I taped it to a closed door. And now she's progressed on to actually shutting the door!
Nola is trained with Positive Reinforcement and Negative Punishment. I use a clicker and food rewards exclusively with her. I don't yell at, hit, smack, Alpha Roll, jerk or otherwise hurt my dog, physically or emotionally. I've said it many times before, but clicker training/Positive Reinforcement is the best and in my opinion only way to train animals. Feel free to check out Nola's training page here for more info on training the "Untrainable".
Keep an eye out for a new video once I've mastered this trick!
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