|Barked: Thu Dec 6, '12 10:37am PST |
|I think it can be the difference of what we call "trainer" nowadays, too. In horses, you have handlers and you have trainers. You have people who start horses (meaning train them to take a tack and a rider) and then more formalized training. I don't think behavior work is training, it is behavior work. Some people have a brain blip. Someone who is gifted at working with behavioral dogs may have a lot less ability training for dead solid OB, you know? And vice versa. I think with the broad brush we use the word "trainer" that I could consider him a trainer of sorts. Not by my definition....he's more a handler type. Hope that made sense.
Like Monty Roberts in horses. He's a handler. He's been able, with horses, to deal with some things no trainer in the world has been able to. Like starting gate phobic racehorses. For an eon, some horses had their careers end because of that issue. Truly the best trainers in the world, the best gate crews in the world, and they were at a loss. But in comes this cowboy with his odd ways and he pulls it off, upending this sort of "reality" that some horses get so phobic that retirement is their only option. You needed more of a horse handler to turn that around.
"Flooding" I feel only applies in dysfunction, not function. If someone has a rational fear, they can reason their way out of exposure. I'd really need a professional like Cain to speak more in the know on an issue such as that, 'natch. If someone has an irrational fear, they need to run through their stress cycles and seem them literally peak and go over their top....that is flooding. In the original video, there was conflict. The dog wasn't freaking out...he was parts scared and parts interested. So he didn't need to peak and didn't.
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