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Remember how big and scary our list of approximations looked when we first started training? In order to train my gecko, Absinthe, to perch on my hand I wrote out a list of 13 step by step instructions on how to get to my goal. The beauty of approximations (baby steps) is that, as long as you write them down, you know exactly where you are and how you want to get to where you're going. Often each and every step doesn't happen and the animal will make leaps and bounds, skipping steps as they go. Out of the 13 original steps 8 have been skipped! See today's video to see where he's at!
Approximation 1 - Take cricket from tweezers (or fingers!) in front of face.
Approximation 1 in action.
Approximation 2 - take one step to tweezers until each leg/arm(?) moved one time each
Appoximation 7 and on!
Approximation 12 - until five minutes.
Approximation 13 - Stay on perch while it moves.
Approximations 12 & 13 should be easy for Absinthe to generalize because staying still is something that reptiles are really good at doing, Learning to stay put is pretty simple, just reinforce for staying still! See you at the next update!
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