The Creative Canine

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Voluntary Research Participants Needed!


What Do Dogs Do When They Are Asked To Vary Their Behavior?

Elaina Franklin of Positive Solutions Animal Training has collaborated with Dr. Lauren Highfill, a Comparative Psychologist, from Eckerd College to take a closer look at the canine's personality to understand individual differences with creative behaviors.

What would your dog do if they understood the concept that they could be creative in their response to a verbal cue? How would they vary their behavior?

We are looking for individuals who can train their dog the create behavior which was originally trained by Karen Pryor with dolphins. (To watch the create behavior with dolphins click here- Elaina, who has experience working  on create with dolphins has successfully trained the behavior with her dog and has made a "how to" video to help you train it with your dog (To watch the training steps we used click here

What do we need from you? A commitment!

We will provide the training steps.

We will help you with trouble shooting.

We will give you all the time you need as this is an ongoing project.

If you are interested, please contact our research assistant, Katie Willgohs

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Here is an example of Frankie doing create. When given the create cue Frankie can do any behavior he wants to with the goal of creating a new behavior he is just not supposed to repeat any behaviors.