I suppose another option would be to send him out to the “sample area,” click, go feed him his treat and then walk back and sit down again. The problem is this is all very time consuming and I like to train quickly. This is where having a dog would make it easier, they just move more quickly and the repetitions go faster. Ah well….
OK, he was going in that direction anyway, but I’m still in the stage of offering him the cue when I’m pretty certain he’ll get it right. In other words I’m not going to say “target” when the item is directly behind him where he is less likely to see it. That’ll happen soon though.
WHAT TO USE
I’m also starting to gather items I think will be distinct and easy for him to notice the differences between the items. I think it’s really important to set it up as easy to learn as I can. McKee has learned one, maybe two other behaviors that I would consider to be “conceptual” but I still think it’s a big process to do this behavior.
Was fun tonight. Gotta get some of this on film.