I made a quick video with Trace last evening during a training session. I now realize I need to invest in either 1) a stationary camera I can set up with a tripod or have my wife hold it or 2) get one of those cameras you can mount on a hat or helmet. I mention the fact that his behavior changes with the presence of a camera, which is new to him. This seems obvious but I believe there are two reasons to note: 1) the “eye,” or camera lens, represents a predator (and maybe conversely prey depending on where he is feeling his body) staring back at him; and 2) the observer effect, first noted during the famous double-slit experiment. So, unfortunately right now I can’t show you the progress Trace has made with pushing with my phone in one hand, but I would like your thoughts on his behavior and/or mine based on what you see and hear. I suppose if I am honest, since finding NDT a few years ago, I am trying to help Trace overcome the unresolved stress that I placed on him in the past and likely the stress by his previous owners. It’s both humbling and rewarding working with a challenge and he’s helping me see the light. Thanks in advance for any comments.
A few things I’ve been working on from a multidimensional approach:
2. SPEAK (surprisingly he caught onto this very quickly)
3. Stalking (this is what I believe eventually will really get him to focus on me and feel comfortable in his own fur)