BTW, this is an interesting Swedish experiment in which they used volunteers to train people like you would a dog with a shock collar. http://www.auf-den-hund-gekommen.net...t_2%28a%29.pdf
They trainer spoke Turkish (since dogs don't initially understand English or whatever) and used shock in a couple of different ways to try to teach the person specific behaviors.
The shock level did not exceed a 2 on the collar (which goes from 1 to 10). It was also only in 10 minute segments and the participants could safe word if it became overwhelming.
1)The technique of escape training (-R), meaning being rewarded for accelerated
performance through the stopping of shocks when the behavior was completed was
recognized, but the stopping of the shocks was not listed as reinforcing. This meant, the
subjects did not actually find this stopping to be rewarding in any conscious manner.
2) The subjects in this experiment reacted both physically and emotionally to the shocks.
3) The subjects did not always understand what they were being trained for.
4) It was also clear that the subjects not only experienced physical discomfort during training,
but were also experiencing emotional discomfort due to the threat of and actual anticipation
of receiving shock.
This was with people who understood what the experiment was about.
It's not 100% conclusive, obviously, but it is an interesting look into what shock collars would actually do to a dog mentally over a period of time.
Not to make light of this, but have you seen the South Park episode, Tssst!? The dog whisperer comes on to help Cartman's mom train him using a two finger pinch on the neck with the Tsst sound. When my kids get especially scratchy with me, out of the blue, I will tsst! them. They always laugh and the situation is diffused.
"You've been here before, but things are about to change. I know it. I feel it. There's a storm on the way." -- Stephen King
And by Swedish I meant Swiss. <This is so handy!
This lady can train her dog to dance to "Grease" but my neighbor can't control his dogs at all? It's just not fair.
Last edited by Lepplady; April 25th, 2013 at 07:17 PM.
Today's Rant-Dress code at work! People have been gripping about it for a while. We got a new president so she asks for input on the dress code. She said that yesterday she had only three people E-mail her out of 150 employees. Really!! I think that my coworkers need a to put on the big girls/boys clothes and tell her what the problem is, rather than gossip about it.
What's with the dress code?