Tonawanda News — Summer is winding down. Children are going back to school, young adults are off to college and adults are winding down vacations and getting back to the grind.
I relocated 1,300 miles last week and I think everyone needs to relax and take a break. It’s always nice to reconnect with old friends and bond with new ones — and I have just the game.
When it comes to animal training, there is always room for more practice. The following game polishes your skill set and is a great ice breaker for meeting new people. The added bonus is if you mess up during the game you confuse your friends and not the pets in your life. You can learn from your mistakes and be an even better animal trainer with your pets. This game allows you to get the unique perspective of both the trainer and the animal.
The Training Game by Karen Pryor has been played by many people from psychology students to animal trainers. A Cornell graduate, Pryor started off as a marine mammal trainer. Around 1974 she ended her dolphin career and transferred to the world of cats and dogs. She took what she learned in the marine mammal world and applied it to pets.
The Training Game can be played with two people, but the more people you have the more fun. You will need at least one “trainer” and one person playing the part of the “animal.” The goal of the game is to get the trainer to teach a behavior to the “animal” without using English or large body signals. The trainer should use a bridge and reinforcers.
To start the game, everyone should know that when the bridge is presented the animal did a correct thing. The bridge can be the word good or the noise of a clicker.