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Humans can be trained!

Some are harder to handle than others but at the end they are all trainable, if you choose the right method.

Let’s take a look at an example of a successful human training model.

  1. The dog is not allowed in the house.
  2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
  3. Okay, the dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
  4. Okay, the dog can get on some furniture , but has to stay off the new couch.
  5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
  6. Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.
  7. Okay, the dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
  8. Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.
  9. Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers every night.
  10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.

Why do humans find this funny? Because it has happened to them (or somebody they know)!

I implemented this model with my own humans. I can testify that this, and more, is indeed possible! I myself do allow humans to sleep under the covers at their leisure. It makes them happier and a happy human is easier to train.

This is important – don’t ask your human to do too much too fast!

You can set an ambitious goal but you need to break it down into steps your human can handle. If you overwhelm your human, you’ll run into resistance.

At their own pace you shape your human into submission.

Shaping allows you to build a behavior step by step by reinforcing small approximations of a behavior until you achieve your final goal.

Put a frog in boiling water and it will jump out, but put it in cold water and slowly heat it, and it will be boiled alive.

Patience is the foundation of successful human training. Keep that in mind, my friend!

Woof
Jasmine

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