Friday, March 03, 2006

listen herder

After watching The Dog Listener I've adopted the basic alpha technique of walking through the door ahead of the mad bluey - (ie: listening to a herder, or herder listening)

And when I saw the link to a Dog-powered scooter via cynical-c something about it appealed:
The dog is always in the same location and can only go strait ahead. And with your weight on the scooter and the brakes applied the dog cannot go anywhere.
but I'm not sure if Flo is up for a quick scooter around the block yet.

Perhaps the alpha relationship seems more defined in traditional dog carts

yap yap


Gummo Trotsky said...

To turn it up a notch, try giving the dog the command wait before you walk in followed by the command OK when she shows signs of getting restive. The idea is to trick the dog into thinking she's moving at your behest, rather than at her own volition. Eventually, you can have her sucked in completely.

boynton said...

I used to do this with my labrador, crossing roads, but he was much more obedient than ykw.

I once heard a tale about a dog that was told to Sit by the owner who then wandered away and forgot about the dog. When he returned much later, obedient dog was still sitting waiting for next command.

A lot of this listening seems to be based on "ignoring". All veterans of the schoolgirl playground jungle remember the efficacy of that technique.

Gummo Trotsky said...

So do veterans of the schoolboy playground jungle, I think.

boynton said...


(Not ignoring, merely Away From Keyboard ;)

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