The number one favorite reason I like clicker training is that the alpacas OFFER behaviors. If the alpacas want attention or a treat and even when we are not in training mode, they will start offering some of the behaviors they have learned. I just love the spontaneity when the alpacas start going through their repertoire of learned behaviors.
I love how clicker training gets the animals to think. I taught a couple of my alpacas to kiss on cue. It is really funny when guests come to the farm and they are handing out carrots and Misty comes over for some treats and after a few bites, she starts to reach over to give the guest a peck on their cheek. The guest usually pulls back and is startled and I tell them that she is wanting to give them a kiss for the carrot. Soon, there is a lot of giggling going on as they get kisses for carrots.
Teaching alpacas to take a bow or give a kiss is really easy. In my next blog, I will describe the steps to get your alpacas to take a bow or give a kiss. Next farm day, you will have alpaca ambassadors charming your guests too!
|Dulcie Learning the Kiss Behavior|