Knowledge of the research that's been done on learning theory is invaluable, but, as Ian Dunbar points out, humans don't have to train like computers to integrate the latest science--and people are hamstringing their relationships with their dogs when they try.
Dunbar presents some interesting thoughts about using learning theory in real life dog training and communicating with our dogs when we're training--and how the nuances and idiosyncrasies of human speech and gestures can do so much more than a simple click.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Nora is one of the most fun puppies I've ever had. She imbues every action with glee and enthusiasm yet she is also one of the most affectionate puppies I've ever raised. I keep saying that I have to find a home for her soon or I'll be a goner--I'm more than half in love already. Yesterday's photo session has not helped me out. She's almost 13 weeks now and has moments of grace and loveliness in between the stream of spaz and dorkface.
Nora makes excellent use of her floppy ears to explore the various permutations of puppy dorkface, omgcuteness, and spaztasticness.
|Dorkface with a tug|
|Dorkface with special lip distortion and ironical eye contact|
|An action shot without dorkface|
|Demonstrating that the ear CAN stand up when she is not seeking dorkfacedness|
|Look at that ear, reach for dorkface even while focused on the tug|
|Dorkface with Grandma Nike demonstrating the pro!dorkface maneuver|
|Nora concentrates hard on her first attempt at pro!dorkface|
|Testing the pro!dorkface in action|
|Eyes closed dorkface maneuver|
|I don't even know|
|Tug and Dorkface achieved|
|Joint action!faces with Nemo (right)|
|Taking a break, but unable to resist a profile dork-squint|
|This picture just makes me want to hug her.|
Just to show that she isn't stuck in perma-dorkface....
|Nora and Nemo, 13 weeks|