(VICT) Re: Task ideas- Feedback?

  • From: "kitty hevener" <khevener@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2007 16:29:55 -0800

Shelly, who has "for the love of a dog" available in accessible format?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 7:32 PM
Subject: (VICT) Re: Task ideas- Feedback?

I absolutely loved Particia McConnel's new book For the Love of a Dog, and
how she describes the different body language of our dogs, and what the
behaviors associated with them are.

it was fun, a very good read.

Shelley L. Rhodes M.A., VRT, CTVI
and Guinevere, Golden lady Guide
Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc.
Graduate Alumni Association Board

More than Any other time, When i hold a beloved book in my hand, my
limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.
- Helen Keller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Diane & Raven" <dlshotwell2@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2007 7:50 PM
Subject: (VICT) Re: Task ideas- Feedback?

Ann Wrote:>>So, these examples would seem to illustrate the principle that
teaching a
body position or behavior which is naturally associated with a certain
emotional state can become a way of triggering the actual emotional state in
the animal or person.<<
I had the same thoughts at first.
I have seen dogs that have been taught this behavior very effectively.  I
have heard of no adverse effects... When in a calm, relaxed, down position I
am not sure that a tail held close to the body would effect an emotional
response of any kind.  While standing the behavior is requested for short
segments of time (passing a low shelf, or entering a door,etc) and
reinforced and praised in a positive manner.  This would make me think that
it would very little to no effect negatively.

There is a discussion group where a some animal behaviorists congregate and
discuss many lofty subjects...smile... I like to read  the threads and I
learn a lot.  I have to say that some of it is way over my head.  However, I
love reading the information shared there, I learn a lot, and they often
post links for studies that are available on the internet.  I will post this
question and see what they have to say about your intriguing question.

The web discussion group is Click-L_ABAT@xxxxxxxxx

Best Wishes & Wags,
Diane & Raven
"My Assistance Dog is not my whole life, but she makes my life whole"
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
~Anatole France

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