Thursday, September 11, 2014

sept 11 2014
i think yesterdays dd was a reaction to the approaching adi  "inspectors"...it is forcing me to try and  explain our different training---and mind you , i have been awake since 2--- problem being i am having trouble with the mental discipline necessary to put together a  7 min speech for the mass veterinary assoc for that award  dinner where i got some award for  the human animal bond.
george said i must not disinterate into pig and donkey stories.

back when...... i was animal episodes.... providing animals for commercials, i had to ask 34 dogs to sit quietly off leash  outside a store in the dead center of newburyport.( full traffic etc)
-- there were 3 goldens-- belonging to marcia who were obedience trained---and sat--- the rest of the obedience trained ones i "interviewed"  popped up and ran a bit at random -- that would cause  all kinds of havoc- i finally went with a collection of "farm dogs" that usually just tagged around with their owners.... and one homeless person's dog-- for about the same reason...  

my collection of danes fell into the farm dog variety--- never got round to the exact "commands"- but they hung around without the excitement of "oh i am loose"
  from that my mind has to go to the fact that the $7 baby pig i bought for the foolish 4h circus became a well behaved barnyard pet melding well with the children, dogs, & donkeys -- she understood sooooo much  that she realized when she squealed and chased my husband, i would  laugh and  not stop her  but she realized scaring anyone else was not an approved activity.--  her freedom was the key- and she was smart.

somehow couple that with mary-- purchased in kansas as  a 6 month old mamouth donkey-- who came to be such a dominant factor at crazy acres-- being allowed to roam free--- she was a thinker-- if she had been a human she would have been a  superb pickpocket.  her "training" was minimal, yet her behavior ---  under fire--- was perfect.. we took her into nursing homes-- brooksby village.... malls... churches( for jesus jobs)  yet around the farm, she watched for the slightest opportunity to steal-- mostly food-- but if there was no food, she would grab and run with anything just to get a reaction from the crowd. she was smart.

paralell that with the danes..  i had a dane -- tiffany-- behaved absolutely perfectly in any situation totally off leash etc....

then i had  the litter of 8 that i decided to keep, i went thru a stage of crate training them-- that is what everyone of the official dog population  did..  since i was in the animal business , i had dozens of crates for lugging rabbits,chickens, or skunks... whatever...
so i cleaned them up and lined them up in the back room, pup one dane pup in each one and figured... now i was an official dog trainer with lines of crated dogs just waiting for my commands.  i would take each one out and march in circles like the other dog trainers do--- and when i stuck out my index finger they would all sit. these were going to be even better than tiffany....  the rest of that story  is that when i turned them loose they wanted to be anywhere else--- and tif would be standing next to me wondering what fun job we had next.

i had it backwards--- now i realize to have an educated dane, they-- like the pig and mary and tiffany must spend alot of people time absolutely loose... achieving boredom, and deciding being with a human is much more enjoyable.....you then put a collar on for a short  walk about to define a working situation-- and let them loose again.   it is being loose  that they develope their understanding of human behavior and then bond to their partners to become a useful partner.  some of our danes  have pulled off some amazing complicated details-- that we never taught them..

or something like that....

3 comments:

  1. That sounds like a speech right there in a nutshell.

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  2. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD SPEECH RIGHT THERE. I'D ADD SOME STORIES OF THE AMAZING THINGS SOME OF YOUR SERVICE DOGS HAVE DONE THAT YOU DIDN'T TEACH THEM ALL BECAUSE THEY CAN THINK AND ARE BONDED TO THEIR HUMAN. LIKE IVY PUTTING HER PAWS ON THE MATTRESS SO BETTY CAN HUG HER TO GET OUT OF BED, OR PUTTING HER NOSE IN THE SHOWER TO WATCH HER. I'M SURE THERE ARE EVEN BETTER STORIES THAT YOU KNOW.

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  3. Brilliant deductions! And I agree, that is most of your speech right there. The best trainers of whatever critter are the ones that use the critters natural instincts to draw out the wanted behavior, from companion dogs,and pets of various varieties, all the way to top level dressage horses. That's my experience too, with dawgs, beagles, goldens, danes and horses, Cats are another story.

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