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  • How to Run

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    The basic form of all running, very enjoyable too! Show less
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  • My Intelligent Rabbits Read Play all

    Our views on the intelligence of animals affect our views on the value of the human nature which is the real base for everything that we do.

    It seems that my rabbits can read some words of Finnish. Look and see by yourself!

    In the most objective estimates of animal intelligence we have to trust primarily direct observations of animal behaviour and only secondarily deductions about brain size. Besides one can also make deductions about the evolutionary basis of human functioning which is very much the same as that of animal functioning, so the base for human intelligence ought to be the same as the base for animal intelligence: healthy natural life in the nature. Thus it should be possible to teach typically human skills to animals too. It is just that their social situation is different: they have no educated ancestors and often they are put to a very unfair subordinate position instead of to a communicative relationship using our common inheritage of communication via gestures, attention, atmospheres, etc.
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  • My Dog Puppy Reads Play all

    Our views on the intelligence of animals affect our views on the value of the human nature which is the real base for everything that we do.

    I have a Japanese spitz puppy. I call him called Vala = Oath because I want to keep him according to my best ability (which could be quite high: I am intelligent and have a friendly character and have trained dogs - look at my rabbits - and even written a successfull dog training booklet for beginners, with others, for the Finnish poodle association) and because I am interested in how one can live fullheartedly.
    I have been teaching him tricks but I have not trained him at all.
    I do not plan or even think beforehand what I would do with the puppy. Instead all action arises from the occasion: I look at what the puppy is doing and what mood it is in and do things that suit the situation.
    My method of teaching is that of guiding the puppy by my own actions to the right performance and rewarding the puppy for that. So there are no demands set to the puppy: it learns the right thing without any effort on its side. There is no punishment or any "no"s coming if it does not obey, it just gets the reward if it does something of the right kind.
    Encouragement isn't all that is needed here: with a wilder puppy one needs also a soothing style. And the reward must be chosen mild or strong enough, according to the phace of teaching and according to the dog, so that it keeps the dog calm yet attentive and active enough for the task at hand. The reward helps to capture the attention of the dog to the contact with its owner and consequently to the task too. A too strong reward does not work if the dog does not yet know the task well: by using the reward lead the dog to a second of heeling (= just coming to the left side) and reward immediately... So the dog will learn a little by little. Rewarding quickly with no demands set to the dog is the key to this method of teaching.

    In the most objective estimates of animal intelligence we have to trust primarily direct observations of animal behaviour and only secondarily deductions about brain size. Besides one can also make deductions about the evolutionary basis of human functioning which is very much the same as that of animal functioning, so the base for human intelligence ought to be the same as the base for animal intelligence: healthy natural life in the nature. Thus it should be possible to teach typically human skills to animals too. It is just that their social situation is different: they have no educated ancestors and often they are put to a very unfair subordinate position instead of to a communicative relationship using our common inheritage of communication via gestures, attention, atmospheres, etc.
    I heard that there is a book about teaching dogs to read: Bonnie Bergin: Teach Your Dog to Read ISBN: 978-0-7679-2245-6, I have not (yet) seen it myself though.
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  • Rationality of Feelings and Instincts Play all

    My own very objective thoughts about the rationality of feelings and instincts.

    Thoughts just conceive what the world is like: they form a holistic picture of the world for you.
    While it is feelings which guide your actions!
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