Just so everyone knows that I come by my 'Dog Abusing Thug' status honestly.

Step 1. Give your dog lots of exercise, so they're good and hungry.

Step 2. When you get home, sit in front of the computer for a few minutes. If YOU need an excuse, it is that you're recovering from all that exercise too. Feel free to snack while you're sitting down. Extremely crucial that you ignore any pointed sniffing, pacing, whining or woo-woo-ing.

Step 3. Ask the dogs if they're hungry. Ask who wants some "yummy, yummy food" (or whatever other key words get the saliva going). Go to the kitchen and prepare food. Leave it on the counter "to cook", so they can see and smell it.
Step 4. Go back to the computer and sit down. Whining and pacing are not allowed. Hitting you with Giant Paws of Death gets dog sent to the Coventry. Puppy dog eyes ARE allowed.
Step 5. Set the food down in front of the dogs. Wait for drooling to commence. Put each dog through its pace, separately. Everybody waits until each dog is done. Slipping on the drool while performing is NOT an acceptable excuse.
So, how do YOU torture your dogs?
Suja
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So, how do YOU torture your dogs?

I made them wait an extra HOUR for the ritual, while I was with the client from hell. My head is throbbing, and I apologized profusely to the dogs - who love me as much as I love them, and that was a truly bright spot after dealing with the whiniest most selfish person I have ever encountered. I'm not a freakin' marriage counselor - and the crux of the problem was that the dog was being a (sweet and non demanding) dog who just wants to spend some time in his owner's (husband's) lap in the evening, adn the wife wants the husband's undivided attention.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
"Despite Skinner's clear denunciation of "negative reinforcement" (1958) NEARLY EVERY LEARNING
THEORY model involves the USE OF PUNISHMENT.
Of curse, Skinner has never to my knowledge,
demonstrated HOWE we escape the phenomenon
that an expected reward not received is experienced as a punishment and can produce extensive and
persistent aggression (Azrin et al, 1966)."
It is NO WONDER hat the marked changes in
deviant behavior of children can be achieved
through brief, simple educative routines with
their mothers which modify the mother's
social behaviors shaping the child (Whaler,

1966). Some clinics have reported ELIMINATIONofthe need for child THERAPY through changing
the clinical emphasis from clinical to parental
HANDLING of the child (Szrynski 1965). A large
number of cases improved sufficiently after
preliminary contact with parents that NO treatment of children was required, and almost ALL cases
SHOWE a remarkably shortened period for therapy.
Quite severe cases of anorexia nervosa have been
treated in own to five months by simply REPLACING
the parents temporarily with EFFUSIVELY LOVING
SUBSTITUTES (Groen, 1966).
The IMBECILITY of some ofthe claims for operant
technique simply take the breath away. Lovas et al (1966) report a standard contingent reward/punishment procedure developing imitative speech in two severly disturbed non verbal schizophrenic boys. After twenty- six days the boys are reported to have been learning new words with alacrity. HOWEver, when REWARDS
were moved to a delayed contingency the behavoir and learning immediately deteriorated.
Despite this, and despite the fact that there was no evidence of cognitive association with the words, the authors leap to the conclusion that the fact that the boys improved in the acquisition of Norwegian words WITHOUT REWARDS while still being given English words WITH REWARDS suggest hat the children may be able to acquire new behaviors on their own.
The need for this study escapes one, particularly in view of the very well established fact that schizophrenics condition quite readily (Mednick, 1958)
One can see the "SCIENTIFIC" PRECISION by which the authors drop contingent reinforcements thus PROVING that the parrot behavior was indeed caused by the schedule and NOT by some other mystical force. The useof Norwegian to demonstrate learning that could not even remotely be related to previous history is a grotesquery too bizarre to be credited. Who could possibly doubt that this useless and probably damaging trained seal routine depended on the psychologist's antics? What on earth led them to believe that a schizophrenic needs even more other- focused responsiveness?
Lovaas et al (1965) reportedthree programs carried out on five year old autistic twins conditioining them to "social behavior" and to eliminate pathologial
behaviors such as self-stimulation and tantrums.
Affectionate and other social behaviors toward
adults increaseed after adults had been associated with shock reduction. The routine for this treatment brings immediate relief to mind Sawrey and Wesz
(1956) routine for producing ulcers in monkeys.
I suppose it is USELESS to speculate on the source of SO CALLED THERAPISTS willingness to experiment
on human beings with procedures for which there is sound experimentally established WARNINGS.
If the "double blind" theory of the origin of schizophrenia (Bateson, 1956) is at all valid, HOWE DEVASTATING
the experience must ULTIMATELY BE. Do Lovaas et
al REALLY BELIEVE the schizophrenic has no cognitive processes and DOES NOT KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE SHOCK?
Greger (1965) criticized this study on the basis that trainsfer CANNOT be generalized. That issue can be answered by experience, and, of curse, the "social" behavior of these children deteriorates as soon as the psychologists LOOSE INTEREST.
The IMPORTANT ISSUE for a SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR
is why not attempt those things which are KNOWN to WORK at least in some cases if only for control puporses. Kanner (1954) reports that 13 classically autistic children improved enough to go to school without "anything that is regarded as good psychotherapy or as psychotherapy at all..."

Autistic children have been known to become
permenantely social by deinstitutionalization,
BY REMOVAL from the parents, BY RADICAL
CHANGES in other environments, and by MASSIVE
DOSAGE of TOUCHING, HOLDING, FONDLING
LOVE DESPITE THE REJECTION OF THE CHILD.
My case, Larry, (vonHilsheimer, 1965b), demonstrates a recovery by using the mother as an autistic boy's teacher in an open millieu. It is curiHOWES that the operant technicians provide as few, and as UNIMAGINITAVE controls for thier "research" as the Freudians.
Probably the most absurd figure in Amaerican mass
media is the TEACHER (Gerbner, 1966). HOWE can
we EXXXPECT children to LEARN responsible P-HOWER
from models of IMPOTENCE? We KNOW that LEARNING
a complex ritualized social role, is facilitated by observation of an INTELLIGIBLE MODEL much more effectively than by trial and error with REINFORCEMENT. roles which are relatively arbitrary and senseless are the most difficult to learn (Luchins, 1966). Do we make ANY EFFORT as
teachers to CORRECT the massive impact of media?
HOWE can the ARBITRARINESS and SENSELESSNESS
of IMPOTENT ADULT MODELS be redeemed by anything
short of RELEVANCE and COMMITMENT?
As an engaging final comment on the PROFESSION
let me mention the little study by Dittman et al (1965) tha when 15 psychotherapists and 9 professional dancers evaluated facial and bodily expressons for effect the dancers ere much MOORE accurate. Need we say
MOORE abHOWET the training of therapists?
THE OPERANT FALLACY
Programs utilizing the "contingencies of reinforcement model" proposed by Skinner (1963) ar no more well
established in research than the various dynamic
therapists. Research in four areas : 1) direct evaluation of programmed systems for elarning; 2) reinforcement;
3) cognitive dissonance; and 4) motivation, MOSTSURELY DEMOLISH eth claims of operant programers.
The 190 studies annotated by Schramm (1964) when
inspected display NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES
in SUCCESS among approaches and modifications.
Programmed instruction is no worse than conventional instruction, and takes less time, but time reductions in conventional instruction has frequently been shown possible without detrimental effects. If you draw your controls cagily you can always show the superiority of your PET technique.
Moore and Smit (1964) compared variations on
programmed materials, machines, texts, written
responses, merely reading, free response, multiple choice, and iving or not giving the students results. There were NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES despite
Skinner's insistence on the importance of the
CONTINGENCY of REINFORCEMENT. Carpenter
and Greenhill (1963) could find NO DIFFERENCE
in RESULTS even after eliminating the self-pacing
feature by presenting the materials by TV or Video.

Krumboltz and Kiesler (1965) reported that a two month follow up test showed NO DIFFERENCE between students given a variety of reinforcement schedules. Mayo and Longo (1966) report that naval and marine trainees saved 30% of time in learning electronics fundamentals through a programed course witrh superior scores on one measure but not on another, and with no follow-up reported. The same authors reported a reductionj from 26 HOWERS to 19 HOWERS in instruction time through the use of program with NO DIFFERENCE in test scores, except
that as longer blocks of material learned through programmed means were tesed the scores DECREASED.
So, how do YOU torture your dogs?

1. I ask her repeatedly if she wants to have some bones or eat somedin-din. Both questions make her *** her head adorably.
2. I force her to cuddle with me.
3. I cook meals and eat them without inviting her to partake.
So, how do YOU torture your dogs?

In much the same way you do.
Both of my dog's bowls get filled at the same time, though I hydrate Rocky's food (damp kibble accepts the liquid KBr better) so both bowls sit on the counter for about 15 minutes.

After 5 years you'd think that Rocky would figure out the routine. Nope. He drools for those 15 minutes, Staring At Me. Friday figured it out right away and goes somwhere to sleep. It's poor Winnie (a friend's dog here for 3 weeks) who's really being tortured - it seems that stainless steel bowl coming out of the cupboard mean food now, dammit!
If I wasn't so immune to the sounds of dogs crying and whining and being tortured, I'd be bothered. But I'm a thug. Sometimes I even physically praise them.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
So, how do YOU torture your dogs? Suja[/nq]Here food is not the Big Deal. The torture commences so: once the baby's diaper change and breakfast and enclothing are out of the way, I make mention of "getting ready". This is the signal for the pacing, the pawing at random objects, the brooroorooo-ing, and the puppydog eyes to get started. Then I put on my shoes. This inspires the wiggling, the tighter pacing, the attempts at nose licking, the forcing of self between any human and any object, and more pawing of random objects.

This in turn inspires the "get on your bed and wait" horror. Thus the shivering in excitement, eye rolling, drooling with pent up joy, etc. are confined to one place. Then, quite deliberately taking my time, I put the baby's coat on (this takes a little longer now than it used to because last week he discovered the joys of giggling and running away). Somewhere in there I mention the words "dog" and "park" in the same sentence. Oh, the torture, as I then load the baby into the stroller and put my coat on! It takes about a year after that for me to get everything squared away for the final glorious moment when I appear in the doorway holding a dog harness and leash, wait a long, cruel second, and then utter the magic phrase, "OK, come here".

Then she has to wait (twice!!) while I open doors and take the stroller through them before her, and she has to heel nicely for the whole terrifyingly long one-block walk across the bridge to the park. Then she has to wait a random number of seconds* and *occasionally but not always sit after her harness comes off before the wonder of the "OK" moment releases her to bound gloriously about like a total goofball for about half an hour. Repeat similarly in the afternoon.

Katrina
So, how do YOU torture your dogs?

Since Maui likes to get ear infections, I torture him by insisting his ears get cleaned everyday. Once he hears the medicine drawer open, he gives me the look of death. I save a good treat for after the cleaning so he no longer runs when he hears the drawer open but the look of death he has for me at that moment is pretty bad.
5 years you'd think that Rocky would figure out the
routine. Nope. He drools for those 15 minutes, Staring At Me. Friday figured it out right away and goes somwhere ... who's really being tortured - it seems that stainless steel bowl coming out of the cupboard mean food now, dammit!

Viva and Cala are used to the food NOW routine. Viva eats in the room with the food, Cala in my bedroom in her crate. When the springers come to visit, the torture commences. Their owner has the longest list of STUFF that has to go on their food. Supplements. Yogurt. Pills. Cala resorts to running to the food room and stamping her feet to see where I am DAMMIT. Viva drools so much that I have a special drool rug just for her.
So, how do YOU torture your dogs?

Around the time Orson thinks it's damn near time to go out for an adventure on a given afternoon, I might end a conference call with "goodbye!" (his self-taught cue that it's Time! For! Fun!) and then I continue to sit at my desk for perhaps TEN MINUTES before I actually start getting us ready to go.
Or, I might change my pants in the afternoon (another self-taught cue that it's Time! For! Fun!) after a workout or whatever, and then not take him anywhere. Because DUH! he already swam for an hour earlier in the day.
I torture my dog by saying goodbye and changing my pants.

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