I Created a Monster
I created a monster and I love it, big faster steps.
Moving from treating on my foot to get Ms. Honey used to getting treats from me to taking treats from my hand, either one left or right, only took from December 17th until February 11th and fast 59 days.
This is an example of “patience shown” results in behavior modification. As she became used to my smelly foot thing on the top step of the back porch, we moved ever so slowly to different steps on the same porch. After a few weeks of moving around the porch, I finally sat on the top step and placed treats on the next step down, while staring off into the wild blue. Another week or so, I placed first one finger by the treat, then two fingers. We progressed onto a palm up placement on the step and a high valued treat nestled in the palm of my right hand only, nothing from that scary left hand yet, thank you very much. The next try was to stand placing a treat in the palm of my hand on the top step and after a couple tries SUCCESS. As I slowly moved my hand away from the sanctuary of the steps and more time, she got the idea, “hands aren’t really that bad” at least from the old guy.
She has progressed and is now happily, with tail wag and all, taking treats from either hand and anywhere those awful hands happen to be, yard, car port and even inside.
She has become the “Cookie Monster” I knew she could. The side benefit is I now have a new shadow, Ms. Followtail always near watching those nice hands and that bearded old face, the face makes funny sounds like “Cookie” or “Yes” if there are no cookies present. She’s checking in to see if the face will magically make a Cookie appear if she stares at it long enough, and it does.
I was told, “you have her now” by a expert in these matters, however I know it’s the other way around.