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Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 01:49 AM PST

Some People Don't Deserve Justice

by k9disc

Phoebe Loosinhouse wrote a spectacular piece about policing for profit about where we went wrong with the 4th amendment and the Drug War.

Using a few outrageous examples that highlight a predatory police force (at both the federal and local levels) that robs people of their property by simply alleging drug activity. It's a terrifying diary. Please go read it.

The diary closed with this sentence:
Some People Don't Deserve Justice

It was apt. In fact, I was thinking about it as I was getting ready to tip, recommend, and comment. It struck me as something we should talk about so I decided to write a diary on it.

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solving problems with bitework is like untying a knot. you work on one strand or maybe a couple at a time and you tug, loosen, and manipulate those strands to free up space, or to align the strands so you can untie the knot.

 


Pulling Strings


You pull strings in bitework through reinforcement. Let's say you have a Drop problem. You find the strings around the behavior that are holding up or stopping the drop and then you tease them a bit, tightening and loosening. This is not always a straight line kind of answer. Solutions (Backchains) can be difficult to spot and require creativity, intent, and belief in order to be leveraged.

You also need to loosen or tighten up strings to get at or see your problem in the first place. And then when you start to pull the string to untie the knot, the other strings will momentarily be affected. "Doh!" This is the hard part, ignoring those other strings for a moment (some of which are mighty important) while you attend to the task at hand.

Get a good, clean starting point and then pull the right string at the right time, apply or remove the proper amount of tension on the strings, and keep working at it and you untie the knot. It's the same with fixing problems with bitework.

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Contextual Understanding in Dog Training
 
Learning a foreign language from a conversational angle is all the rage these days. Instead of focusing on grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, the very concepts that fluency in language is built upon, the teaching is focused on creating competence: pronunciation, common situations, verbal repetition, and vocabulary supplements.

contextual understanding in dog training is like conversational Spanish. it's all based upon the situation and memorization. find the situation and insert the correct words and you're good to go.


This is the 4th piece in a long running series about contextual and conceptual understanding in dog training.

Quick, Dirty, Dangerous


While conversational Spanish makes it easier to learn with a weak grammatical foundation, and leads to quick, rudimentary function, it doesn't seek the kind of fluency you need to truly express yourself well, to solve problems, or to communicate clearly in stressful situations.
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Disc Dog Border Collie Lying Down

What Is Dismissal?


Dismissal is the opposite of Attention. Practically speaking, it means that the handler is not available at this time. It does not mean "we're done working". It does not mean "you may stop doing that". It means I'm (the handler is) not available now and you may amuse yourself for a while.

We call this "Go Do Dog Stuff," at Pawsitive Vybe, that's the actual cue. Sure it sounds corny and it's a little silly, but it's super playful and fun. It's really clever when you say,"Go Do Dog Stuff," and your dog goes and pees on a tree or chews on a bone or something - it makes people smile.

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ASSAD, as a serious national institution of evil in and of himself has become a Dictator Diva. Assad acts alone. His is one man One evil man. Assad is to blame - not the Syrian people.

The Dictator Diva rhetorical device has become a crucial tool in the war maker's lexicon. It works on several fronts. It provides a foe and fall guy - someone to blame and point a finger at and someone who needs to be fallen while it serves as foil to stymie dissent.

Propaganda to Conspiracy


This is why it is so easy to talk about Assad as being responsible regardless of how convoluted and secret the evidence is. It's because he's a Dictator Diva - a single name threat - he is responsible - not the Syrian people.

It's ok to theorize about convoluted motives because he's one man. "Perhaps it was this," is fine when it is the Dictator Diva's motives and actions, but when it happens to run counter the Establishment line - the rebels could have done this, or Saudis were in play, or CIA could have - it's no longer just theorizing, it becomes a conspiracy theory.

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Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 09:29 PM PDT

Pawsitive Vybe S2E9 - Bite for Drop

by k9disc

Putting the Drop behavior on cue gives the handler a great deal of power over an object in the dog's mouth and can be used to teach a Hold, Carry and Retrieve.

Bitework is a great game for dogs that teaches 3 powerful skills: Bite, Drop, & Give.
It is highly reinforcing.
It can be used as a cookie, as a training tool, as a focus exercise, and to teach patience and safety in Drive.


Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that is seeking wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it, it's free.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

Pay no attention to the little orange dust bunny... just look past it if you would.

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Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 11:17 PM PDT

Pawsitive Vybe S2E8 - Bite for Drive

by k9disc

Your dog only needs to know 3 behaviors to play the game of disc: Bite, Drop, and Give.
If you have Bite, Drop and Give on cue, you can play frisbee with your dog.

Bitework is a great game for dogs that teaches 3 powerful skills: Bite, Drop, & Give.
It is highly reinforcing.
It can be used as a cookie, as a training tool, as a focus exercise, and to teach patience and safety in Drive.


Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that is seeking wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it, it's free.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

Pay no attention to the little orange dust bunny... just look past it if you would.

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Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 02:15 PM PDT

Pawsitive Vybe S2E7 - The Mystery Show

by k9disc

Playing disc with your dog is just another rule set of dog training - another game we play with our dogs. The behavior chains are longer and things a bit faster but it's still dog training.

Dog training is a dialogue. A big part of your job is to recognize and answer the questions your dog asks. Don't let your goal of getting the behavior get in the way of good communication.


Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that is seeking wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it, it's free.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

Pay no attention to the little orange dust bunny... just look past it if you would.

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Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 02:15 PM PDT

Pawsitive Vybe S2E6 - Duration Dissected

by k9disc

Duration Behaviors are behaviors that happen for an extended period of time. A Down Stay is a duration behavior, as is chilling out on a pedestal, prolonged Attention, a lingering nose or foot Target, and working a Threshold.

Duration is defined by the Release. If you didn't release your dog from the behavior you didn't worked duration. If you want your dog to Stay until you say so, you need to learn to Release your dog. Release Early & Release Often...

Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that is seeking wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it, it's free.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

Pay no attention to the little orange dust bunny... just look past it if you would.

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Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:47 AM PDT

Pawsitive Vybe S2E5 - Cookies Per Minute

by k9disc

Rate of Reinforcement is well understood in dog training. We consider it one of the Four Principles of Positive Dog Training. Below we focus on Rate of Reinforcement as Cookies Per Minute (CPM) via some training and disc dog jam sessions and relate Rate of Reinforcement to the teaching, handling, and performance of dogs.


We try to maintain a Rate of Reinforcement of about 15-30 CPM (cookies per minute) in early learning and significant distractions.  The proper Rate of Reinforcement is whatever is required to maintain the behavior. You can always back off once the behavior is happening and has enough value.

Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that seeks wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

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In this episode you can see Attention, Targeting, and Threshold not only being used but being leveraged to reinforce, teach, and perform behaviors in a controlled and efficient manner. In fact, it kind of looks like everything is a product of those 3 key concepts, doesn't it?

The 3 concepts we've covered so far:Attention and Targeting, and Threshold are active in nearly every cooperative skill you do with your dog. Let's revisit and focus on leveraging them.


Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that is seeking wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it, it's free.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

Pay no attention to the little orange dust bunny... just look past it if you would.

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One simple concept, properly applied could be used to make your dog stop and look at you when a door was opened or an open door was encountered,without prompting. It's dead simple and serves as the basis of jumping up on an object, getting off the couch, get in the car, and get out of the kitchen. Pretty cool, right?


The Threshold concept defines many important behaviors: On and Off, In and Out and is important to establishing a sense of place in dogs. Used with Attention and Targeting, moving dogs from place to place or on and off objects becomes a piece of cake.


Pawsitive Vybe is a weekly 1/2 hour dog training & lifestyle webseries on YouTube that seeks wider distribution and production support. It is self produced by the diarist and presented here as a public service to the woozle lovers of the dKos community. If you dig it, share it.  
crossposted @ Pawsitive Vybe

Pay no attention to the little orange dust bunny... just look past it if you would.

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