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Favorite Video Friday – Noah and his bird (no more bites)

After a week of blog posts dedicated to National Dog Bite Prevention Week, I thought it might be fun to end on an uplifting note. This week’s video was first introduced to me by Debbie Jacobs of Fearfuldogs.com. Debbie is an expert in dealing with fearful dogs, like Foster Maggie.

I love this video for a multitude of reasons:

  1. It features a child learning how to use positive reinforcement to improve the relationship with his bird.
  2. It demonstrates how easy it is to use positive reinforcement to change a response to something fearful (in this case, Noah). If a child can do this, so can you.
  3. The smile on Noah’s face when he realizes that his relationship with his bird has changed. It’s an amazing smile and the look of accomplishment says it all.

I hope you will indulge me this week as I skip the cute dog video for one with a wonderful message and purpose. Watch Noah train his bird.

I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Happy Friday everyone!

  1. May 22, 2015 at 5:14 AM

    Very interesting to see a bird being trained in such a way that it reinforces positive dog training but then (if I recall correctly) …. wasn’t clicker training developed as a way to train dolphins, and then late expanded to include dogs? The versatility of these training methods simply endorses how effective they are and why anybody would not use them is beyond my logic.

    • Mel
      May 22, 2015 at 6:50 AM

      You are correct on the click training. I love how this shows the benefits of training using positive methods. I have always wondered why people chose to use force and pain over less intrusive and less aversive methods.

      • May 22, 2015 at 8:17 AM

        The force and pain techniques probably go back to the “domination” theory together with Cesar M’s influence. I keep promoting the saying “If you wouldn’t do it to a young child, should you be doing it to a dog?” Sadly, prong collars/shock collars etc are still being marketed and, equally sadly, Cesar’s techniques are embedded in some people brains. Our Ray is an amazing example of what loads of TLC, patience, respect, and positive reinforcement training can do. 🙂

      • Mel
        May 24, 2015 at 7:12 AM

        Unfortunately, I think you are right. I like that mantra about doing it to the child and dog. Maybe that is what we need to ask more.
        Ray is a very lucky dog.

  2. May 26, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Children AND adults need the reminders. I can’t tell you how many people used to approach a PTSD sheepdog that was rescued from an abusive situation. He just wigged out and I couldn’t get people to back off (probably because he was adorably cute), Some people just don’t use their heads when it comes to approaching animals. Sigh.

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