mnp13 wrote:as far as I understand - shaping is "getting a dog to do something" and free shaping is "capturing" it when the dog does it on its own.
When I "free shape", I am rewarding steps along the way to the end behavior, but am not luring or "helping" the dog in any way other than clicking and treating. When I just "shape", I may use things (lures, targets, body language, etc.) to get the dog to do what I want.
Short explanation on the difference I think of about "capturing" vs. "free-shaping" - "capturing" is waiting for the dog to do the end behavior on his own, "free-shaping" is waiting for the dog to do something on the way to the end behavior on his own.
maberi wrote:Hmm, ok
So what would the benefits be of free shaping a behavior vs shaping it?
I have a theory is that behavior that is "free-shaped" is more likely to occur spontaneously later than behavior that is lured. Almost like if it has to occur to the dog to do it on his own in the first place, it's more likely that he'll think to do it on his own again later. I don't know if that makes any sense, or if there is any scientific basis to that, but it sounds good in my head
It would be interesting to do some experimenting.
Also, I think that the extra time it takes in the beginning can be worth the time you save at the end by not having to fade out lures and body language cues.
But mostly, free-shaping wears my dogs' minds out more, and I like that. It also teaches them to think for themselves more, which is something I value in training.