patw Posted June 22, 2007 Report Share Posted June 22, 2007 I met a young gentleman named Michael T., an academic sort of person (don't know if it is appropriate to mention his full name since he hopes to do a more comprehensive test and publish his study), who had used a unique mode of communicating with his border collie. He had lighted pads that said YES and NO. Mike used cruder forms of the pads outdoors. Mike trained his dog this way. The guy asked the dog: Do you want a cookie? If the dog wanted the cookie, he touched the YES pad, which lighted up and the dog got the treat. When the dog misbehaved, he would ask: Do you want me to punish you? If the dog touched YES, the dog would be put in the crate that it particularly hated. If NO, then no punishment. Every communication with his dog was using the YES or NO pads. With the dog answering questions like "Do you want to go for a walk?" YES! or "Do you want a bath?" NO!, the dog soon learned the meaning of the YES and NO pads, as any intelligent border collie might. Mike was soon getting the dog to answer questions like "Did someone come to the door today while I was away?" and the dog was answering accurately because Michael would test the circumstances and in his academic way make sure that the dog was responding accurately (e.g. he would be away for 10 minutes and send a neighbor to ring the door bell). Soon the BC was answering questions like Are you hurt? Does your leg hurt? Or does your stomach hurt? and the dog was answering YES or NO, which told Mike where the problem was. Are you sad that Spot died? (Spot was the dog that got into nasty fights with all other dogs and was run over by a car) - to this after some thinking the BC touched both YES and NO!!!!!!!!! What do you think of this whole thing and this method of training? Will it work or does only Mike think it works? If it works, I might want to try this method too because it will be cool to ask a BC all kinds of questions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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