Sunday, April 16, 2006

Just one more thought, about cats. Dogs too.

What do you think your cat would do if you shrunk to 6" tall?
Seriously. Cats are only a few clicks on the feral-o-meter from wild animals. I think you would be played with, then killed and possibly parts of you eaten. I very much doubt yelling "Hey Fluffy stop!" would make any difference.
Happy Easter. :~)

What about dogs? I've really wondered about that one. Try lying down on your back, and giving your dog a command. Dogs can be quite literal about hierarchy, and many won't obey you if you are flat on your back, telling them to sit.
I've tried it; my dogs comply (mind you, I do lots of training and one of them competes in various things.) But still. They looked a bit confused and hesitant. A bit of a paradigm shift!
Try it, and see what happens.
It's sort of like distance training - your dog will sit if you're standing right in front of him. But you generally have to work on distance - most dogs won't comply if you are 30 feet away.
Try that too!
In agility training, it's a big hurdle, so to speak. Cooper did lots of obedience before we started agility, so he is used to working close to me. It's taken ages to get him to do various obstacles from six or ten feet away, we are still working on it. When I can sit in the living room, tell him to go out into the back yard and do nine weaves, a jump and a five second down in the box, followed by another jump, I will know I've pretty much got it nailed!


Blogger threecollie said...

GOOD post! Very thought provoking, and I couldn't agree more about the cats. I like them well enough but they are very much creatures of instinct.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Carina said...

Not just cats. People too. Think of the Donner party, or that plane that went down in the Andes with the soccer team aboard. Maybe we're just all cats in people suits. Haha.

9:22 PM  
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