Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
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My little guy is a certified therapy dog, and I'm a speech therapist in the public schools. My elementary school houses the district's programs for severely autistic children.
These students learn thru a methodology called discrete trials (DT), learn receptive and expressive language skills that way. So I used the touch command to teach my little Ollie to 'learn' pictures.
So say I want him to learn 'frog'. I have him touch the photo of 'frog' with his nose, while holding in my handin different locations, maybe in front of him, then higher/lower, left or right. after 3-5 trials, then I hold up another card, say 'snake'. but I still ask him to touch the 'frog'. then I change locations of both cards, and he has to track the location of frog.
I should make a video to demonstrate. I also use this method to teach kids sight words.
so ollie faces me, cards face the students, so they can see what Ollie is 'touching'. the student who needs the practice will say 'Ollie touch frog!' and each time I change the location of the frog (and the other card I'm holding) the student says again, 'Ollie touch frog'. It's pretty cool.
I didn't watch the video, but the touch command is the basis for all movie and TV dog training. so the dogs learn to do a trick at a distance from the trainer. the dog learns to touch whatever you decide (object), and after the dog touches, say the object is 5 feet from you, you toss a treat near the dog, so they get reinforced near the object they touched, and then you can do other commands at a distance.
It's all pretty cool.