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  • Arthur Lopatin

    August 30, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    Off the top of my head: metaphors work better than detailed explanations, especially if those methaphors are part of the client’s life experience. For example, if the client has kids and you want to explain the concept of arousal / distraction, ask / tell them about 3-yr-olds getting so excited they can’t hear mommy or daddy. this might be relevant when you are transitioning from phase 1 to phase 2 and want a client to understand the what correction means and why its important that the ‘distraction’ not be so great that the dog doesn’t / can’t hear the handler repeat the command (escape) or ‘no’ (avoidance).

    Also general metaphors to help adjust expectations, for example ‘getting it (whatever it is) right is like learning to ride a bike, learning arithmetic, etc. mistakes are part of the learning process.

    i believe that stuff like this might help w/clients seriously interested in building a good relationship with fido, teaching fido the rules of the road, and doing fun stuff with fido. imo, it’s best to screen out clients who aren’t a good fsdt fit by explaining up-front what fsdt is all about.

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