I was going to add this to the other thread but I didn't realize how long it would be! Lol.
"Yes"-- Marker, I'm bringing food to you. I thought I wanted this to be terminal but as I'm thinking about it on this exercise and how I use it it doesn't exactly end the behavior does it?
"Good"-- Duration Marker. Tells him that he's doing what I want and to keep doing it. Food does not always follow.
"Okay"-- Release word
"find it"-- used for nosework to tell him he's looking for something
"get it or go get it"-- used to tell him he can go get something, a treat left on the ground or a ball/toy he sees.
"bring it here"-- to tell him to bring me what he has
"Come"-- recall cue. Includes a sit in front of me. Is always rewarded for this command.
"come, front"-- With come he already knew to come in front of me so I typically started with come and added in front to tell him he needed to sit close.
"Sit"-- Bottom on the ground
"Stop"-- A fold back down.
"Down"-- a down with his hip rolled
"Head" or "Head Down"-- Head on the ground while in a down
"Stand"-- Four paws on the ground standing
"Touch"-- A nose touch to hand
"Around"-- circles around me to my right. I use this for a right side finish, but will usually have to ask for the sit because I also use "around" for frisbee where he just runs out.
"Side"-- While sitting in front of me he will turn around and back into heel position. A left side finish.
"Middle-- will go around me and come between my legs and sit.
"Heel"-- I use this for movement of heel to tell him lets go and to tell him his head should be up.
"In"-- use for getting his backside in closer to me. Is what I use when I'm signalling a left hand turn.
"hold"-- hold an object in his mouth (still working on this with other object but he can do it with a pvc pipe)
"over"-- use for jumping over something
"Stay"-- stay where I put him in the position (sit, down, stand) that I left him in
"wait"-- an informal stay usually used while off leash. Asking him to stay until I get close.
"leave it" don't touch what it is im asking him to leave
"back"-- walk backwards.
"back paws"-- After tell him to go back can use this to tell him to touch a target with his back paws.
"on"-- tell him to get his front two paws on something
"perch"-- use this for front two paws on the pivot pad
"up"-- all four paws up on something
"Hike"-- used when mushing to tell him to pull and to go!!
"Haw"-- left for mushing and when hiking.
"Gee"-- Right for mushing and when hiking
"Whoa"- slow down
"on by"-- a leave it command for what ever we are passing (for mushing and used during hiking). Also use this to tell him to keep going forward when there's a turn or a forward options. So overall it means just keep going forward and leave everything else.
"With me"-- a loose leash walk next to me.
"Spin"- spins to his right
"Twist"--spins to his left
"Paw"-- offers his paw for a shake. Will offer either paw based on where I put my hand or if I ask for "other paw".
"Wave"-- will wave right paw in air while sitting.
"bark"--- usually a very pathetic bark and needs to be convinced to do it lol
"orbit"-- from heel position he walks (or usually jumps lol) backwards around me ending up back into heel position
"sit pretty"-- from a sit lifts his two front paws off the ground
"Yoga"-- a bow
"leg"-- from heel will weave through my legs as I walk
"eight"-- will do a figure-eight though my legs as I stand in place
"go to your bed"-- will go to his dog bed
"go lay down"-- will find a place to lay down though it is often right where he was standing when told lol
"go potty"-- outside will go pee or poop
"want to go outside?" will stand up near the door and sometimes hit his bells to indicate he wants to go out.
"goodnight"-- will head to his bed he sleeps on in the bedroom or stand outside the door if its closed
"ready"-- a trigger word something exciting is going to happen. We tried flyball before and that word was used and triggered his screaming. It will do it in mushing too. "ready" can get his attention in other situations but I avoid it in exciting situations.
Alright, this is a long list! This is mostly all I can remember right now. I'll add more in if I think of them. It's nice to have it written out to see now.
Let me know if you have questions!
I tested that! And he gets up and comes to the treat on "yes" so he does understand it as terminal. I think maybe I was just getting confused with using it on heel and we werent ended the position but I guess its sightly terminal because he gets the food from me and his head drops to chew..
I will keep"yes" as terminal and "good" for duration. The variable reward is working well for me because it lets him know hes on the right track and he will continue to do the same thing excited to hear "yes".
For the come get food from my hand ill continue to use yes for now! This works when I work on backing up with him infront of me he'll back up some steps and when I say "yes" he will break and run to get food from me.
Thank for all the clarification!
Do you think it would be helpful if I switched "yes" to be terminal and he comes to get the food from my hand and then use "good" where I bring food to him? Would it hurt it if I use "good" and dont always reward food? Sometimes I use "good" to tell him hes doing it right and to keep doing it and then will reward on "yes". Does that make sense? I would love for our markers to be more clear for him so i am open to suggestions!
For thrown food I ususally say "get it" and he will chase it down!
For a eat from my hand would this be different than the duration marker I talk about above? I could use a new cue for this Ill just have to see how its used more.
So many tricks, yahoo!
I know exactly what you mean re: "yes." That happened with my first dog, except flipped. I wanted everything to be durational, but you can't actually do a durational marker for something like, eye contact. (The dog isn't going to stare into your eyes as they eat.) So I ended up with a marker that my dog understood to be durational in some contexts (positions) but terminal in others (heeling, eye contact). Dogs can cope with that. Most dogs don't have fancy marker systems. I'm sure you've seen people use clickers to indicate different things (feed in place, thrown food). That's a similar concept.
I don't know how much you've gotten into nerdy marker theory, but it gets nerdy!!!
Does he have a marker that specifically says you're going to throw the food? I like to have that on board.
I don't think it will come up in Rally much, but I do like to have a "come eat from my hand" terminal marker on board for an advanced dog. It comes in handy for various things. You'll see my tricks students often create an "eat from my hand" terminal marker when they're shaping backing up onto a foot target. A thrown food marker is definitely terminal. Towards the end of the curriculum, we'll also formalize an "off site reward" (eat from bowl etc.) terminal marker for ring prep purposes.