THE METHOD I'M USING
is merely an extension
Just a fun thing really. Once the llama is target-wise, it is a simple matter
to hold it above his head and, little-by-little, rewarding each small step, move
the target around in a circular pattern until target and llama have finally gone
full-circle. There is a tendency at first for the llama to turn back before the
halfway point to get his reward, but once he has gone beyond this point it is
pretty easy to get the full circle. At this stage when the exercise is secure,
a verbal cue can be added. I use "Turn aroundabout". Gradually, the
target can be dispensed with and, hands now free, a hand sign can be cued in.
I use a finger describing an "O" shape in front of the llama's nose.
If you can add anything to my work or have any questions or comments, please e-mail me.
December 2014: I've been having a lot of fun training Toby to spin on a seven inch high platform. It's only 2ft x 3ft so he hardly fits on it himself! But he is well motivated and if he puts a foot over the edge, he tries again.