January 31st 2006 5:07 am
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These are very useful tecniques for improving the self-confidence of humans, their characters, and for dealing with some behavior problems.
Bones and Toys Retriever Training: Lost bones? Toys stolen by other dogs? Teach your human to get them for you.
Hide your bone in an unreachable place for a human. Moan and cry desesperately while faking a search for it and making the targeted human notice you are very sad. Lay down and switch to "I'll never be happy again" look. As the biped find the bone and get it to you, switch inmediately to "total happiness" look and reward the creature. Same exercise applies to stolen toys.
Stress-tolerance exercises: Be sure your human is calm and relaxed (sleeping hours or TV hours are the best). 1) Bark histerically for no reason for about 2 minutes (if this exercise is done during TV hours never bark during commercials). 2) Stop. Wait until the human relaxes again. 3) Bark neurotically at nothing for about 4 minutes. 4) Stop. Repeat steps 1 to 4 for about 2 hours. If during this lapse of time your biped becomes unstable, nervous or anxious, reduce barking time.
Bed and couch training: Humans consider beds and couchs as their exclusive territory and may become bed or couch aggressive. Give a stop to this undesirable behavior! Human puppies are very easy to train, while adults may present several difficulties at training. Excuses as "pawprints on sheets" or "too much fur" are unacceptable. The "only the cat" excuse should be considered as absolutely incorrect, and you should consider some Behavior Modification classes.
For this advance exercise, humans must be divided in two groups:
A) Easy to train:
Jump on the bed or couch. Wait for the biped reaction to it. If the human pets you, accept it as submission act and roll on on your back (this will be erroneously considered by the human as YOUR submission and so his permission to get into his territory will be granted forever).
If the human looks very dissapointed or worse, yells at you to come down inmediately, DO IT and consider your human as part of group B.
B) Very difficult to train: Wait until your human is out for working or other. Grab (paying attention at not to chew them) some of your human personal clothes and bring them with you at the bed or couch. Put them between your front paws and lay there until the human comes back. Don't move or greet him when he/she enters the house. Don't respond at calls and don't raise your head. Let the human find you. As the biped aproaches, swicht to " I'm a defenseless little puppy, I missed you so much and here is the only part of the house where I can feel you beside me" look (you know exactly what I mean!) and wait for the human reaction. As studies demonstrate, in 99,9% of the cases it works!. The human will be deeply touched by your sadness and feel guilty for not taking you with him/her.
Repeat this exercise until the biped gets used to find you in his/her territory while coming back home, then consider the human as belonging to group A.
High Advanced: scratch yourself making 1 or 2 tons of fur spread over the bed or couch. Wait until the human cleans it. Repeat.
Have a happy training day!!!
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