- 4 months, 1 week ago Dave PageParticipant
I’ll keep this short and not get too technical. Been turning this over in my mind for a week now.
Plenty use markers; which is close, and probably could be a gateway to an anchor; but I have never seen any trainer mention or address creating emotional anchors in k9s intentionally.
Plenty create anchors unintentionally. I’ve watched it in many videos. Dog goes to a certain area where training or play takes place, a toy is pulled out, and it is like a switch suddenly gets flipped. The place, the gear, toy, or the person has become the anchor for the play, excitement, aggression etc.
Create the emotion, anchor it through word, voice tone, body language, touch or a combination of all of the above. Repeat several times, and then, when an emotion is there that is disruptive throw in a pattern interrupt, fire off the anchor and instant switch. The more times the anchor is set before use the more powerful it becomes.
Pavlovs bell was the anchor to get the dogs to salivate. Yet it didn’t create an emotion which is much more powerful,( unless you call anticipation an emotion), it was using hunger/survival drive.
Areas where it could be useful would be a dog aggressive dog. Create happy times, many times over, without the presence of another dog and set your anchor time and again. Once you can reliably fire off the anchor take it into the presence of another dog, as soon as it shows the slightest aggression fire off your anchor and follow it with your own similar emotions to set the pace. In severe cases a pattern interrupt might be needed.
How do you do a pattern interrupt for a dog?
Anyone point to any papers on this? Have ideas?
I have been attempting to create an anchor in Ace for the times he is too aggressive. This morning he hit one of his little spells and I was able to send him into a face licking puppy again with his ears back submissively, tail wagging, and belly up in the air by tone of voice.
Would like to figure out some pattern interrupts though and know more of the k-9 psychology behind ways to do so.
- 4 months ago Dave PageParticipant
Thinking back to past dogs I had trained i recalled anchors I had inadvertently instilled.
I discovered in the first dog consciously trained I had accidentally set an anchor of 2 affection pats on the shoulder as the end of whatever course of action was underway. I unconsciously always ended play, affection, Etc with two pats along with the words “that’s enough” and then walking away or standing up. After many months I discovered all I had to do was pat him twice or say that’s enough and whatever he was doing would stop. My unconscious quirk of ending play etc and then going to something else since i got him as a puppy ended up becoming a valuable tool.
The pats were not only an anchor it also became anchored as the pattern interrupt.
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