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    Hey Y'All, have been meaning to introduce myself for a while now. Of course, I've managed a few posts and failed entirely to do the introduction thing! I'm a child psychologist, and fledgling dog trainer located in West Gippsland, Victoria. I have two super cute Dobes- Villain the 2 1/2 year old Dober-teen and Flirtt the 18 month old Dober-girl. Previously I've owned an Irish Wolfhound, Kelpie Jack Russell crosses, Afghan Hounds, and my first Dog ever was a Dobe. So I guess I've kinda come full circle. I'm a lifelong student of behaviour modification, it's just now after a decade of working with humans that I'm acknowledging and exploring my fascination with animal behavior. I'll admit, I've come to find human psych a little monotonous... But probably that's because I work in a bureaucracy riddled with politics.

    So, that's me, and I'm pleased to meet you all. Sorry it took so long to remember my manners!!!

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    Welcome to the forum! Wow, a trainer and a child psychologist. I wonder if we know each other? Lol. I too find the human psyche a little boring, I'm much more interested in animals and I've never stopped learning in all my years of being obsessed. I think as humans, we find other humans less interesting because we don't really see a lot of individual cases. (If we did, we wouldn't be able to use the exact same techniques to treat them as other ones) Animals though, seem to have a knack for confusing and surprising us even after learning all about them for over 100 years.

    It's probably also a natural thing to be attracted and interested in things that are not of our own kind. Scientists could probably talk about all the things that fascinate and teach them until the cows come home!

    I absolutely love Dobermans, I've never owned one, but I've always have liked to. I have a Golden Retriever myself who is 2-years-old next month, though I'm not a trainer but I assume that makes him a Golden-teen. Lol. We would love to see pictures! (We're picture whores around here!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ori View Post
    ... I too find the human psyche a little boring, I'm much more interested in animals and I've never stopped learning in all my years of being obsessed. I think as humans, we find other humans less interesting because we don't really see a lot of individual cases. (If we did, we wouldn't be able to use the exact same techniques to treat them as other ones) Animals though, seem to have a knack for confusing and surprising us even after learning all about them for over 100 years.
    I think my dissatisfaction with human psychology goes a bit like this: too few clinicians + too many referrals + insistence on outdated, inefficient and often inappropriate treatment methods = complete non-existence of reward. Intermittent reward schedules obviously produce the strongest motivation to continue repeating the pattern, but even dummies like me eventually figure out that the reward isn't coming... at least with animals we have the consistent challenge of refining our communication skills and
    often if we remove the human factor we can set up an incredibly consistent reward schedule for ourselves, the dogs, and thus for the humans. Don't get me wrong, I like helping kids but when your superiors veto new methods of behaviour mod (because they know you're also a dog trainer and they find it offensive that animal methods can and do work on humans), you're not left with much variety or effective strategies to help.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ori View Post
    ... I absolutely love Dobermans, I've never owned one, but I've always have liked to. I have a Golden Retriever myself who is 2-years-old next month, though I'm not a trainer but I assume that makes him a Golden-teen. Lol. We would love to see pictures! (We're picture whores around here!)
    Pictures to come... when I figure out how to upload them!! My Dober-teen at 2 1/2 is rather like an 18 year old boy right now- his behaviour has deteriorated!!! I simply cannot call him a Dober-mann until he starts acting like one!!! My little girl will always be a "Dober-princess"- she's girly and "Flirtty" but tough as nails...

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