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Watson practices behavior mod

By Kathleen Williams-Miller
Ozzy, a sweet two-year-old German shorthaired pointer, is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly to people. He’s independent, playful, and likes his toys. Because of GI tract issues, he requires prescribed dog food. Ozzy is housebroken and he is looking for a warm loving home. Can you find room in your heart and home for him?

Watson here and I would like to share a secret with all my furry friends that will make your life much easier. With a little practice, you can get your people to do anything you want, and I can show you how by using psychology.

You may have heard of Pavlov and the research he did with dogs. His studies are famous, because he was able to demonstrate that you could link a response with a stimulus. He set the studies up by restraining dogs and then displaying food to them. Upon seeing and smelling food, the dogs’ reflexes would cause them to salivate.

After he was able to establish reflex salivating for food, he combined showing them the food while simultaneously ringing a bell. Now, every time he introduced the food, a bell would ring. Eventually all he had to do was ring the bell and the dogs would salivate.

Dr. John Watson (maybe a distant relative) further developed this technique and named it classic conditioning. I see examples of this all the time with cell phone users. They hear a ding, and they immediately look at the phone.

Here is how I use this technique with my people. First, I establish eye contact using puppy dog eyes, and then I gently nudge them with my nose or turn my head to show them what I need. It helps if I am close to the refrigerator, because it doesn’t take them long to figure out that I would like a treat.

If the folks are sleeping in, I use the cold nose and head turn to alert them that my tummy is empty, and I desperately need food. Going outside to the loo is the easiest, because I just go to the door and gently woof. Do Dr. Watson’s techniques work? That’s elementary, my dear Watson.

XOXO Watson


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