Movement & Training

“If I am sitting or lying down.”

From a dog’s perspective:

  • “If I am sitting or lying down (non-movement), can I be doing something wrong?”,
  • “Maybe – I am in an unacceptable and incorrect location?  Herein, I may be subject to an announcement from my owner that, “I must move from this location.”,
  • “So even my non-movement location could be seen as incorrect – which then, would require me to move to a new location.”,
  • “Hence, it is the timing of receiving Behavioral Stimuli in concert with my movement – even if I am in a non-movement moment for which the outside stimulus engages me to move.”

From the behavioral science perspective:

“Movement while receiving Behavioral Stimuli or Behavioral Stimuli during movement is the action for which an animal benefits and learns quickly.”

From the electronic manufacturer’s perspective:

Designing our electronic products to marry-up with the behavior science, herein satisfying the scientists knowledge by utilizing Behavioral Stimuli at very low non-painful, non-aversive levels and then, to capture the essence of the dog’s Behavioral Movement with impeccable timing – then the animal can cognitively receive this Behavioral Stimuli and compare it to its own Behavioral Movement while associating this movement as proper behavior over repetitions – this is the essence of good product management.

Again from the behavioral science perspective:

When all of these actions are implemented together – at this moment, we have satisfied behavior animal science and this action is termed “Guidance Training”. Guidance Training encompasses Incentive Learning for the animal, which is the most beneficial means for dogs to learn what is safe and what brings them security.

On the human side – this allows one to become the dog’s coach.

Again from the electronic manufacturer’s perspective:

There are only a few products ever produced, which allow the user to create this safe and secure environment for their pet:

One such product, designed in 1997, was called the “walk’r”.  It utilized electrical impulse stimuli in a 2 step style process in concert with ones leash to output electrical impulse stimuli in a “Brief” stimuli output followed by a “Continuous” stimuli output.  In this manner, if the dog responded to the brief stimuli, then it could avoid the continuous stimuli altogether.

This device also had 3 preset level settings, which the user could adjust for different dogs.  The device used a resistive pressure sensor so that when the dog pulled upon the attached leash, the device would output a level based upon the applied pressure on the resistive surface.  Quickly the dog learned that it was the one in control of the Behavioral Stimuli by way of its Behavior Movement, therein the dog would cease over-pulling and settle down and gently walk alongside their caretaker.

In 2015, a new product called the SW-5 SideWalker was designed and made available for canine pet users.

It is much smaller in size, lighter in weight, has rechargeable batteries, offers variable vibration settings along with 3 preselected setting levels of electrical impulse stimulus and one “progressive” setting wherein the device scales upward from variable vibration through 5 levels of electrical impulse stimulus.

The beauty is that whenever the dog says enough is enough – the device ceases offering the outside stimulus.  The dog quickly learns that it is itself whom actually turns the device off.

With the SW-5 SideWalker the behavior science community and the electronic design community have been satisfied:

Impeccable timing of Behavioral Stimuli in concert with Behavioral Movement: what better way to allow your dog to learn to walk with you without you getting physically over-challenged?  The end is two happy animals – you and your dog.