Originally Answered: Does 'Thought Transfer' In Dogs Really Work?
Brill! Now do it without the treats and no cheating, don't set it up so she does it in the order you 'normally' do it, don't always ask for the same trick in the same order, eg always 'sit' 'down' 'stand' something like sit , twirl, down and don't rush it take it slowly. You want it to work but don't set it up so it does it is the human relearning something we don't now use because our verbal and written skills are good and so we don't need it, she knows it, dogs understand it....and be careful you are not giving her micro body language cues.
Dogs learn very quickly and will learn even quicker when you don't confuse them with spoken language, they will try each 'trick' they know to get what they think you want, so be careful she is not just running through tricks she knows until she gets a treat.
Add: Ellen, yes it does work if the dog can't see you such a out of sight obedience 'waits', giving a card to the owner with a cue on it, they think about it and their dog will do it, however some of the team of dogs also react to the thought cue from other handlers, however the same dogs will react from verbal cues from other owners
Also see above my warning re:micro body language
Add: 'MYDOGRULES' As you haven't had the benefit of seeing most of the research done on this, or even observing it.One thing is very important each 'trick' must have a clear picture. EG 'leave' is a verbal command taught so the dog understands but dosen't have a 'picture' in your head as you can command it for many things and so the 'picture' changes depending on what you want her to leave, so can create confusion, where as 'ball' has a picture, you can visulise a ball, so in your head you can command ball and picture it, in your head you can then visulise 'reach it' ( if you have taught that command).All this works when the dog knows it is in training/work mode, so I teach on/ off verbal cues associated with pictures on = 'work' and off= 'free' for general training & usefiul in this work. Beta is the so-called conscious level of mind. Alpha and Theta form the subconscious regions of the mind's operation, and Delta is the unconscious region of thought activity. These states form the spectrum of mind operation.Small children function mainly at the Theta, Alpha and Delta states of mind, as do animals, so their brain waves work are more compatable with animals in the way they think,so if you know a child who is a dog lover & understands dog training this can work very well. Human adults operate mostly at Beta, so you need to develop the dogs brain waves(and yours), that is Alpha, Beta Delta and Theta brain waves working together to achieve consistant results,with adults. This is where TTouch comes in as it can change habitual ways of thinking in animals and humans and as well as that the more new 'tricks' you train a dog the more you develop their brains,the easier it is for them to learn the next trick because you are utilising what would be unused neutal pathways. You also need to understand some NLP with regards to micro body lanugage, dogs work on this and understand it very well as do many highly trained interigators, counsellors, teachers etc. Found a site which could help you with the basics on this one.
As I have said before, humans generally don't use thought transfer or micro body language as our written and verbal skills have taken over as they are more affective for us and so when you don't use it you lose it. All I am doing is researching communication skills used in the past for a modern approach to communicating with dogs, mixing human/animal researched based work and trying to extend it.