|Barked: Tue Jul 2, '13 1:16pm PST |
|Dognition comes out of Brian Hare et al.'s canine work at Duke. He has a book, which is also quite a good read (The Genius of Dogs). In any case, Charka and I have gone through the tests. It was hugely fun and a opportunity to see what's ticking under the hood. For me? Unexpectedly useful. It is just pure fun and sometimes really surprising to see the strategies my dog employs to solve problems... Bondedness? A mild surprise to see her yawn for me and another mild surprise to see how many minutes she will maintain eye contact. My shock (and apparently for the Dognition crew as well) was her total lack of 'cunning'. Leave it means LEAVE IT to the point that I can exit the room after telling her 'leave it' for nice warm turkey bacon placed in front of her (which is way beyond 'covering my eyes' or 'turning my back' that is the test)
In any case, we got a report back which was pretty much spot on re Charks [she is what they call an Expert; independent problem solving calling on her human only if she can't get it]... and, since we joined, we get addition monthly tests to try out and personalized training tips. I enjoy knowing and working with my dog. Dognition has helped me understand our relationship and Charka's approach to her world in some concrete ways. We're a better team... but in small light bulb ways rather than earth-shaking transformation. Oh, and I DO look at this as where can I employ this additional knowledge set to improve how we work together?.
Let me know if you have specific questions. I'll be happy to share.
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