Two Points for Tesla! (Make a Basket training summary and lessons learned.)


Tricks; So much more than give paw and roll over

Tesla's Training

While I don’t think she’s ready for the pros just yet, Tesla has shown herself to be a persistent basket shooter!

Overall we trained short sessions once or twice a day (approximately 18-20 total mini-sessions totaling 30-40 minutes). We also had 6 longer sessions of 6-8 minutes each. I tried to keep the sessions short because Tesla seemed to be enjoying herself and I didn’t want to stress her too much. Total training time:  approx. 1 h over 12 days

We trained this behavior slowly, building upon a skill she already knew: bring me an object and put it in my hand. I started requesting that she bring me the “basketball” and place it in my hand right away. In contrast to “Ring Toss” I didn’t spend any time rewarding her for simply interacting with the basket or ball. This came out of the “Lessons Learned” from the…

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