How to master your animal training skills - [practising mechanics]

We are hoping that you [the reader of this post] are doing great and that the content we are putting out from Animal Training Academy is assisting you with your personal Animal Training & Behaviour skills.

This post is about the value of practising your mechanics before you are in front of your animal.

Mechanics = all the physical movements you require during a training session [see the examples below].

I feel like watching someone do something [i.e. the mechanical behaviours involved in training an animal] &/or having it explained to you with words – is very different from actually doing it yourself. So consequently, practising mechanics by oneself [or with a human peer] is something I do a lot!

To help demonstrate how you might practice mechanics, I have included some video examples below:

In these videos, we had been training Finn-dog to have his face groomed. We had been practising with two people. But it came time to fade me out and have Helen [Finn’s owner] do the training on her own [Video 1]…

Next, I practised how it would feel to do this by myself before pretending to be Finn and having Helen practice the mechanics first with me & then with Finn. See below [Video 2]:​

We then added the grooming tools and added this to Helen’s mechanical repertoire [Video 3]:

The next step/approximation after this will be for Helen to consider what to do if Finn offers something other than a chin rest? And then, we will also get Helen to practice the mechanical skills required in this situation!

What about you? – Are you looking to boost your training skills and get help when you hit a rough spot in your training [i.e. when you are not sure how to get the behaviour you want and/or if you are up for your challenging training task ahead]?

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Animal Training Academy

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