plenty of service dogs out there, because they take to training like ducks to water.
But I want to train service cats, because they're better at several things than dogs are.
How do professionals trtain cats? Any literzture out there, or on the net?
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plenty of service dogs out there, because they take to training like ducks to water. But I want to train service cats, because they're better at several things than dogs are. How do professionals trtain cats? Any literzture out there, or on the net?

This is not what cats are for.
Cats don't have the same mentality as dogs. Even service dogs are specially bred and raised. Not all dogs can be service dogs, no matter who trains them.
Cats would rather you serve them. They once ruled certain parts of the world worshipped as Gods. They have not forgotten this. Emotion: smile

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Hah! You've got that right! LOL
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Cats would rather you serve them. They once ruled certain parts of the world worshipped as Gods. They have not forgotten this. Emotion: smile

Hah! You've got that right! LOL Lauren

Ha! We have an old senior citizen black cat at the shelter. Nobody wanted him really, so far anyway. But we discovered he's so laid back, he actually likes to go to the nursing home and be carried around and petted. So that's his job for now. I think that's the closest thing to a service cat you're ever gonna find.
Sherry
plenty of service dogs out there, because they take to training like ducks to water. But I want to train service cats, because they're better at several things than dogs are. How do professionals trtain cats? Any literzture out there, or on the net?

Well, cats train best using classical operant conditioning (ie, clicker training). There are a lot of people out there who have had a lot of success with clicker-training their cats to do all sorts of behaviours. My boys have basic dog-style obedience (sit, down, stay, come, loose-lead walking), stupid tricks (sit up, speak, wave), and agility-related behaviours (jump through a hoop, over hurdles, catwalk, etc). We'll be competing in ICAT as soon as it gets over here to the East Coast. Emotion: smile
However, cats are unfortunately not good candidates to be service animals. They lack the essential desire to please that successful service animals must have. But do go ahead and clicker-train your cat! It's wonderful mental stimulation for them, and a great opportunity to bond with your cat.
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Ha! We have an old senior citizen black cat at the shelter. Nobody wanted him really, so far anyway. But ... that's his job for now. I think that's the closest thing to a service cat you're ever gonna find. Sherry

What a great kitty! Emotion: smile

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Hahaha!!
I am sure his service is very much appreciated..I wish my Xena would let me pick her up when I want to, NOT only when and where I am allowed to...LOL!
Andr0
Well, cats train best using classical operant conditioning (ie, clicker training). There are a lot of people out there who ... hurdles, catwalk, etc). We'll be competing in ICAT as soon as it gets over here to the East Coast. Emotion: smile

That is totally awesome!
I don't suppose you have any pictures of them doing any of these things? )
What reward do you use? I can't find one they like enough to do something special for. They don't like meat, barely eat canned, and don't much like the kitty treats I've tried so far, either soft or crunchy...picky ass cats. *G*

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This is not what cats are for.

Well you obviously are not a professional, because the pro's have got cats
dancing to mankind's tune, in circuses around the globe.
Cats don't have the same mentality as dogs. Even service dogs are specially bred and raised. Not all dogs can be service dogs, no matter who trains them.

Ok, so we have a selection process. The cats that can absorb training, get fed. The ones who can't - become the meat that is fed to the first group.
Cats would rather you serve them.

I wasn't born to cater to animals.. got a problem with that?
They once ruled certain parts of the world worshipped as Gods.

No, the priests who ran the show used the cats as worship objects. Big
difference.
They have not forgotten this.

Give them 3 days without food, and they'll be kissing my ass. Same as most
humans..
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