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Thoughts on Lassie

A long time ago, I encountered the notion that if you want Lassie to help Timmy out of the well, you first need to teach Lassie where the garage is, what a ladder is, and how to get down said ladder. I agree with this philosophy whole-heartedly, and some time later, I obtained Hobie, the dog that taught me everything worth knowing about teaching behaviors in any species. So, honestly, I'm usually not impressed by dog tricks. They aren't hard to teach, folks. Some treats and (preferably for me) a clicker, and BAM! dog trained to get you a beer inside of two months (okay, three if it's a Lab). But sometimes one comes along that just makes you smile, and this is one. How I've not encountered Jesse before, I'm not sure, but here we are. Now, this is how a Jack Russel should be raised. If more of them were, we'd have to kill less of them for aggression and stereotypic behaviors. They're too smart to be left to their own devices, folks. Way. Too. Smart.

Love this so much.

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ncb1
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Such a cute dog! I remember Moose who played Eddie on "Fraser", another Jack Russell. He was so smart and was so well trained that he was a character in his own right.
jackwabbit
Oct. 16th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
See, I see this and I don't think anything about the dog. I merely see positive reinforcement training and human time.
charlie_bz
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
You've made my daughter very happy with this video. Thanks for sharing!
jackwabbit
Oct. 17th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
No problem! Have fun!

And get that kid a clicker! ;)
dragonfly_sg1
Oct. 16th, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Jesse can come clean my house anytime ;)
jackwabbit
Oct. 17th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
I know, right?
dieastra
Oct. 16th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know Jesse, but haven't seen this particular video yet. As this is already part 3 and there were a few new things in there. Thank you!
jackwabbit
Oct. 17th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
:)
cleothemuse
Oct. 17th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
So. Frickin'. Awesome! Alas, I haven't the patience for a dog.
jackwabbit
Oct. 17th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
And that's okay. As long as one knows this and doesn't get a dog, it's beyond fine. ;)
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