Clicker Training for Clever Cats: Learning Can Be Fun!

Clicker Training for Clever Cats: Learning Can Be Fun!

Language: English

Pages: 80

ISBN: 3861279673

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Clicker Training for Clever Cats: Learning Can Be Fun!

Language: English

Pages: 80

ISBN: 3861279673

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


There is a method of learning to which no mammal is impervious—not even cats. It is called "classical conditioning," and is used in a very specific way as part of clicker training. Every click results in something positive for the cat: a treat, a cuddle, a favorite game. Because cats are intelligent, they quickly understand what kind of behavior gets them a click and a reward, and they will experiment in order to find out what else might work. This manual explains what classical conditioning involves, why it works with every cat, how to avoid mistakes, and how to use rewards properly and develop chains and sequences of behavior, as well as small tricks.

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46 Targeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Going for walks together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Problems with fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Fear of strangers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Fear of objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Fear of being touched . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

it can also be some other stick-shaped object, such as a pencil or a chopstick. The cat learns to touch the tar get stick with his nose or with his paw, and, in due course, to follow the target. Now you’ll probably ask yourself what this is going to achieve. A target stick can be used in a whole host of situations. You can teach the cat to follow the target so that you can ‘pilot’ your cat without touching him, which would give him the feeling of being forced or coerced. For example, when doing

of a lack of socialisation, genetic predisposition, or bad experiences. Even if we ourselves are able to live with the fact that the cat disappears like greased lightning as soon as a stranger walks through the front door , the cat is actually suffering real stress! Please be aware of this possibility, giving some thought to whether it might be worth the effort to try and help your little darling. You have a tool which you can work with. Now all you need is a little time, and a little more

desires. (For instance, close the bedrooms, but leave the kitchen and living room open.) Let’s assume your visitor is sitting in the living room and the cat has fled into the kitchen. Give him a little time in order to calm himself. Of course it is conducive to the success of the exercise – depending on how scared your little darling is – if the visitor remains quiet, just sits there, and doesn’t look at the cat. I f your cat doesn’t manage to concentrate on the target stick the first time round,

touch a pointing stick and to follow it, so you can guide and lead him by employing very simple means. Young cats are naturally curious and keen to learn. They can undergo clicker training from an early age. However , you need to make some allowances for the fact that young cats are easily distracted, and that it is possible a kitten may break of f a session because of a leaf sailing by, or a fly buzzing on the window. For old cats who frequently suffer from a decline of their powers, working

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