Watch This…. Then we’ll talk:
Ok….. So……. What does that have to do with Dog Training?
Well, there’s a lot of attention on Kayce Cover’s method lately. And with good reason…… It’s pretty damn effective.
But….. (and I love you Kayce) the amount and style of communication just flat puts people off.
It put me off. I was right away fully into a lot of her method. But, man, that naming everything……. And the staccato style of intermediate bridging she does…… I just couldn’t do it.
Then, I worked with her and her instructors in person. And, it totally worked. I don’t care who you are….. You can’t say that shit doesn’t work. I SAW it. And, believe me…. I was trying not to. I really didn’t want to change my position on it (aka start doing something new).
So…. now I know for sure it DOES work. But…. WHY?
I felt I needed to figure that out.
The obvious argument against it, is that the dogs don’t know what the hell you’re saying. And….. To a point…… I think they may be right.
Look, I think dogs do understand WAY more than the joke in that video. Clearly. I think they can learn a ton of words. And easily make Binary choices. Hell, I’m seeing dogs now giving cognitive feedback now that blows my mind.
I don’t think they fully understand entire soliloquies.
I think sort of like in that Frazier video, they “get” portions of what we are saying. But, I think they know we are trying to get something across to them.
And THAT brings me back to the basketball video.
Us giving a stream of feedback that they partially understand but know is supposed to be more meaningful, gives them a task to focus on. Figuring out what we are trying to say!
You know how people give “Incompatible Behaviors”? You know, if a dog’s sitting they aren’t jumping on you sort of thing.
Well, I think this may be a sort of “Incompatible Thoughts“. As in, if the dog focuses on trying to understand me, they may miss their own gorilla!
I don’t really know. I just process thoughts like this.
Hell, maybe it’s just totally distracting white noise?
But it sure didn’t feel like it. Felt like more. But how much?
I’m not ready to say they got the full English version.
But, I think I am ready to say it’s inducing “Selective Attention”.
But, don’t take my word for it. Hell, don’t take anyone’s word for anything! Go test.
And learn some shit!!!!!!
(if you haven’t been exposed to Kayce yet, you owe it to yourself to investigate. It’s paradigm challenging for sure, but worth looking into!!! http://synalia.com/ )