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Kid in a candy store

Wow... I know that we will still have bad days as a team, but today was cool. Julio is learning how to target my hand, and has finally decided that "come" is a good four letter word, not a bad one. As soon as I feel the nose on my hand, I click and treat. How cool is it to be looking for opportunities to praise and say "Yeah!!!! That's what I want!" instead of having to correct for sniffing, veering or run after the dog even though you're having an awful pain day.

And, as a bonus, I got to practice a physical therapy exercise (walking backward), while doing this. Julio thought it was a game.

Could clicker training be good for my RSD? Maybe there's more to animal therapy than even I thought. It's too bad
couldn't have used this example in her presentation during the holistic therapies course. I have a feeling clicker will be helpful at
next week. I'll shut up now, before I sound like an advertisement.


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Mar. 14th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Clicker Training
Hi, I love clicker training; glad you are enjoying it. There are two clicker lists out there for blind/vi people. If you need/want the addresses, please let me know.
Mar. 15th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Clicker Training
Thanks, I'm definitely aware of the lists, just short on time to read them, so I haven't subscribed. It's a very cool technique though!
Mar. 15th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
cat clicker
The Cat Fanciers’ Association sent me free tickets to a local cat show. Watching the primping before the animals went before the judge was incredible. Each kitty was groomed beyond anything in an exclusive, upscale and expensive salon.

While waiting for the cats to get in the ring; we wandered over to a presentation. The visual of the clicker-training was fascinating. There were amazing displays of how kitty can do everything on demand. The 9 Lives Spokescat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_the_Cat) is beautiful close-up and is much larger in person. Clicker training can be done on an aloof animal. We all laughed seeing a cat like Morris eating his food with spoon-in-paw.
Mar. 15th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: cat clicker
Right now, I'm content with Julio coming when called, but that does sound cute.
Mar. 16th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: cat clicker
Tell Julio that there is a commercial on TV. It is a super-fluffy, pure-white cat that can walk a tight-rope, paw-over-paw. The Fancy Feast Spokescat did a fantastic demonstration of clicker training. Too bad Lauren Becall wasn't there to do the voice-over for this fancy feline. I have all the faith in the world that Julio will learn his lessons. Keep up the good work - both of you!
Mar. 16th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: cat clicker
Now if I can just figure out how to remind him that eating food left at the farthest edge of the desk from puppy eyes is not okay. I did have a half of a banana chocolate chip muffin. Keyword here is did. I just hope he doesn't get sick.
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