|Barked: Mon Jul 22, '13 9:58am PST |
|Sometimes the quadrants just make my head swim!
It does seem like at times which quadrant is in play could be open to interpretation by the beholder . . . How important is it to know what the quadrant is as long as the method is humane AND gets the behavior you want AND the dog is better emotionally balanced and not more stressed?
I wonder if the emotional breakdown is always so cut and dry for the subject being studied/trained, because after all these are human constructs . . . and then there's all the training we are getting from the dog too--and they didn't need to study the science behind what works!
I've been (almost) thoroughly conditioned to do belly rubs on demand! Gus finds that if she steps on my laptop often enough, she can get me to relent and agree that I spend too much time on the computer. Like, "I'm the only laptop you need . ."
But at any rate, Polly is dog reactive on leash--there may be some fear, but it mostly seems like frustration at not being able to get to the dog--she even gets excited when she smells that a dog has just passed the way we are going--I swear she seems to be smelling their foot prints by the way she tracks the sidewalk!
We've been counter conditioning with treats, but maybe I need to look more into BAT because I've noticed that treating also has the unwanted side effect at making her snappish when my friends' dogs get close to me--like "back off, buddy, this is MY personal treat dispenser!" (though she totally accepts Gus being allowed to be treated) . . .
(side note: What quadrant is the dog using when he/she pushes their head under your hand until you comply and scratch their ears? And what quadrant are they using when they just present themselves belly up and wag their tail at you?)
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