In contrast, Shyla and I have done so many shaping games together that she tends to make big leaps of logic along the way to the final goal. She surprises me time and time again.
In this example, I taped a pink note card to the A-frame beam. My end goal was for her to hold her nose on it for 2-3 seconds. In spite of her experience, I still started by clicking her for looking just vaguely in the direction of the pink note card. However, you'll see that she very rapidly noticed that something new, the pink note card, was in the direction that she'd looked. She instantly figured out that I probably wanted her to do something associated with the note card. That's a leap of logic that only an experienced dog would make so fast.
The video of this shaping is below and also at Youtube.
She had learned this simple behavior within 2 minutes. However, I was careless early in the process and didn't selectively click when she put her nose in the middle of the pink card (as opposed to on the edges). Because she knows that these games usually require precision, she kept trying different nose positions later in the training to figure out which one was correct. I should've made it clear from the start.
Of course, this behavior isn't important in everyday life but I've used shaping to teach my dogs all sorts of useful behaviors. I love teaching them things that help me take better photos of them. I've used a clicker to teach Shyla to pivot a little bit to the left or right for a photo when she has her paws propped on a rock. That lets me fine tune her position for the photo! It's fun!
I used that skill in this photo!
What's your favorite thing you've ever taught your pet to do?