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Post by Caryll on Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:29 pm


Bob's check engine light has been flashing in his car for a while. Bob goes to his mechanic and says, I've had enough of this check engine light flashing. I don't want to spend a lot of money and I don't want to wait for a bunch of complicated diagnostics. It's annoying and all my friends keep bothering me about it. Fix it right NOW!
So the mechanic unplugs the light. No more annoying flashing light, no more complaints from friends.

Problem solved.


Well not really. The light is gone. But the light was a warning that something is wrong with the car. Now that light is off, it's going to be hard to actually fix the problem. We have the illusion of a fixed car. But now the car is actually worse.

When we have a dog who had been barking, growling and lunging for a while, we might be easily swayed by a force trainer who tells us that she can fix our dog 10 minutes or less. Sure she can yank, squirt, choke or shock our dog until he stops doing anything. But is our dog fixed or do we have the illusion of a "good" dog?
What we probably have is a dog who gives no warning when he is scared or worried. Which means strangers will get too close assuming he is a "good" dog. Not being able to bark, the dog might feel he has no other choice but to bite.

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Re: Training analogy

Post by LyndaW on Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:55 pm

Very good analogy Caryll.

So as concerned dog owners, we don't unplug the warning light, which is there for a reason. And then we explore the mechanics of the dog's mind to find the cause of the warning light and cure the cause.

This is much more difficult than the quick cure of unplugging the light, but surely worth it in the long run.



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Re: Training analogy

Post by Shisa on Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:18 am

Good analogy.
We can also add that you get mechanics that will give you the full diagnostics, charge you an arm and a leg to fix the engine and have the car in the garage for a month only for the light to be flashing a week after you get the car back.

I was going to post about such a 'mechanic' today.
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Re: Training analogy

Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:14 am

Good analogy!

I don't think there can ever really be a 'quick fix' for something as complex as a living being.
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Re: Training analogy

Post by Lorraine on Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:53 pm

Eleanor wrote:
I don't think there can ever really be a 'quick fix' for something as complex as a living being.

Really?!? Now why didn't I think of that - there's so much on the TV that tells me there is!  confused  Is that not true?  worried 
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Re: Training analogy

Post by tracyp on Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:10 pm

It is true! Just like the print media & internet, the tv wouldnt tell of anything bar the truth!  disapprove 

I like to maintain my car from the day I get it so I never have a need to "unplug" the light. It just stays off due to a careful maintenance program.
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Re: Training analogy

Post by Eleanor on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:55 pm

TV never lies. Neither does Wikipedia. Or Pinocchio.
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Re: Training analogy

Post by Lorraine on Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:08 pm

laughing rolling on floor 
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Re: Training analogy

Post by Caroline on Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:16 am

Eleanor wrote:TV never lies. Neither does Wikipedia. Or Pinocchio.
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really good analogy  thumbs up 
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