(VICT) Re: teaching emotional response...was: Task ideas- Feedback?

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <vi-clicker-trainers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 23:40:16 -0400

GDB is using TAG teaching with new students to teach good body postures and 
handling styles is working good.  Still piloting it, but it seems to be 

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 8:22 PM
Subject: (VICT) teaching emotional response...was: Task ideas- Feedback?

Ann wrote: >>By the way, even though this topic may be a bit theoretical, I 
think it has
important implications for our practical, day-to-day work with our animals.
For example, with a good intuitive grasp of these concepts, Sheila can teach
Gretch to be more confident in challenging street crossings and more
enthusiastic about guide work in general, and we can all teach our dogs to
assume body postures and behaviors which can make them less vulnerable to
loose dog attacks or to human petting assaults.  (Hmmm, those last two
examples--of the loose dog attacks and unwanted human attentions--show that
we can not only use cued behaviors to affect the emotional state of the
trained animal, but also to affect the emotional state and behavior of other
Most certainly this is true.  Karen Pryor has a section on "Tag Teach" where 
the principals we speak of in teaching our dogs are used for athletes, 
learning disabilities and so much more.  Many of the most influential people 
we know master principals such as these to effect action, change 
perceptions, influence behavior.

I think we all in some way use these principals in our daily lives.  Some 
use the more positive side of the 4 quadrants and some use the other side of 
the quadrant.  Operant conditioning ....

We want to encourage our children to continue to do well we may praise them, 
reward them for studying, getting good grades, cleaning their room.  Our 
husband may dog the wash, or bring us something special or vacuum and we 
make a point of saying what a wonderful job he did or how special he was for 
doing it,...and so much more...for all genders and relationships this evokes 
good feelings and encourages the person to repeat the behavior (mark and 

or some use more of a coercion part of the principals ...focus on correcting 
unwanted behavior by focusing on it.  setting corrections for not studying, 
scold a person for not vacuuming.... they will repeat the behavior to avoid 
the coercion and bad feeling they get.

I am not as eloquent in expressing what I know is true right now....
You stated so well in your post so instead of rambling through my pain med 
fog any longer I will end this by saying I know what you wrote so well is 
true in that we can effect emotion and teach behaviors that evoke and 
encourage emotional response.

I just think that a momentary tail tuck would have a lasting effect. 
....Hmmmm  again I find the question intriguing.

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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