This webinar/lecture is presented by Barbara Handelman and Ken McCort. Together, they will discuss whether “Canine Intelligent Disobedience” is a myth or a reality in the daily activities of service dogs working for people with a wide range of disabilities. Dogs who guide blind people, dogs who alert people to physical and mental health crises, and dogs who work with people on the autism spectrum, are most likely to be called upon to disregard a cue or command given by their handler. But why do they do they disregard a directive? Do they possess some extra-sensory capacity to know what their handler does not know? Do they know that the handler and or the dog himself would be in danger if he followed the handler’s directions? Or is there another explanation for why service dogs do, on occasion, disregard a command, and apparently follow their own judgment instead.
During this lecture, you will hear Barbara discuss how “canine intelligent disobedience” is defined and understood by service trainers. She will debunk the attached myths, and explain how dogs learn a hierarchy of cues, and respond to them when multiple cues are present. Most importantly, she will discuss the types of environmental cues that dogs recognize and follow, despite having been given a contradictory verbal directive.
Ken McCort will discuss how intentionality plays out in a dog’s response to verbal cues in the presence of contradictory environmental cues. He will guide us through a basic understanding of a dog’s “Theory of Mind” or “Consciousness” – the ability to perceive himself in relation to his surroundings and the canine’s capacity for intentionality.
From this lecture attendees will gain a better understanding of how and why dogs accept some verbal cues, and why they may ignore them in the presence of over riding environmental cues.
Recorded: November 7, 2017
(Available OnDemand )
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