What does it mean to “Shape behaviors?”
Shaping behavior is a training method, using a series of steps — without force — to teach our dog a new behavior. This method is used to train animals of many species, including animals where it’s impossible to physically MAKE them do a behavior.
It is used to teach a penguin to jump through a hoop, a sea lion to smile, and to teach an octopus to squirt a water fountain into the air.
It can be used to teach your dog all kinds of fun tricks! Want to learn how?