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    Back Chaining

    I just posted in another thread that I am in the process of learning a second language. I've used back chaining on my dogs before to string longer behaviors together, and was always surprised and impressed on how much easier they caught on when I did this. (A good example is a recall. Start with finish. Then front. Then add the recall, etc. Instead of asking for a recall, then a recall with a front, then a recall with a front, then a finish.)
    Well, in my language course, when learning new phrases there's a whole lot of back chaining going on. If I was learning to pronounce "How Are You", the pronunciation starts with learning how to say "You." Then "Are". Then "Are You." Then "How". Then "How Are You". I'm amazed at how quick I am picking this stuff up.
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    Re: Back Chaining

    I haven't a clue what you mean, but thumbs up homeslice!

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    Re: Back Chaining

    I mean, I know what backchaining is, but I don't get your examples.

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    That. is so. COOL! Is the class structured like that or are you doing it on your own? I wish I had known about backchaining when I had to memorize some Shakespeare. Knew it great two years ago, can't get past the first verse today.
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    That. is so. COOL! Is the class structured like that or are you doing it on your own? I wish I had known about backchaining when I had to memorize some Shakespeare. Knew it great two years ago, can't get past the first verse today.



    I'm taking it on my own. Believe it or not, I'm learning a lot about learning if you know what I mean. I can understand how dogs get things confused. The instructor said "ask me how I am today" and I asked him where he was from, lol I get it right once in awhile, but I'm still at the "guessing" stage.
    Best part is, they say you're not supposed to advance unless you have an 80% success rate. Figures why so many behaviors (or languages) fall apart when the trainer (or learner) goes to steps 4 and 5 when steps 1 and 2 are still very shaky. I made that mistake with Auz--I expected a front and finish before I had even taught a solid front OR a solid finish...he was just guessing, and while his success rate was high, it was sloppy.

    I mean, I know what backchaining is, but I don't get your examples.

    Pretend you have no concept of English whatsoever, and you want to learn. I am going to teach you. I choose to teach you to pronounce the phrase "How Are You" first. Instead of expecting you to pronounce the whole mess (correctly, I might add) at once, I teach you to say "You". (Remember, the sounds you're learning have no relevance to you, much like a formal retrieve has no relevance to a dog). When you're reliably pronouncing "You" correctly, I add "Are". When you're reliably pronouncing "Are" correctly, I put them together and you practice pronouncing "Are You". Then I add "How". Then I string it together as "How Are You", and you're speaking that phrase in about 1 minute

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