Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Clickoo Training, Part I: Don't Click at Bears

Jim recently read Don't Shoot the Dog. Sometimes Jim reading is a good thing, as it keeps him busy while we borrow his 'Merican 'Spress Card and order caaaandy online. But other times, reading gives Jim ideas, and Jim with ideas can be difficoo for all of us. Don't Shoot the Dog gave Jim ideas. It's a book about clickoo training, which is a way to teach animoos to do tricks and things. Every time the animoo you're training does something good, you click a clickoo, and then give him a treat.

Well, first thing Jim wanted to do after reading the book was clickoo train us. As you can no doubt imagine, Bears don't "do tricks." Bears are witty conversationalists, urbane raconteurs, and we are not above the occasional pratfall to get a laugh. But we do not "do tricks." Luckily, we had Noel "Snowflake" Chompsky and Blinky, with their extensoo experience in nonvioloont resistoonce to advise us. When Jim got out his clickoo and a bunch of caaaandy to give us as rewards, we stayed absoluteloo still. We didn't move a muscle. Eventualloo, Jim stopped sitting in front of us with his clickoo, and just gave us the caaaandy. So we quickly trained Jim not to clickoo train us.

But now, Jim has turned to the kitties: Chuck the Cat and Spike the Cat.

Hurry back for our next installmoo, when we see if Jim has any more luck clickoo training kitties than he had clickoo training Bears.

OK Bye
Spike the Bear

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Blogger Jenn said...

Your tactics have worked so very well. And thank you for giving Jim the head's up to not even try clickoo training me.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Gilliam said...

Right on, Bears!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Tell Jim that if his kitties are anything like my kitties then he will need an army to help him clickoo train. Kitties are very uncooperative. It sounds like bears are much nicer. Perhaps I should get bears??

6:30 PM  
Blogger Podgy said...

Well, we wish Jim good luck with that.


~Sabre, Callie, Nova and Zoe

11:40 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Clickoo training doesn't work on cats, but electric can openoo training does.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Ooh, hard about clickoo training. Eventually, you don't give a treat at all, they associate the clickoo as being good.

So yeah, that probably wouldn't work on kitties.

6:51 PM  
Blogger allison said...

I suspect Spike will bite the clickoo. Frequently. Jim should be very careful to make sure his fingers are out of the way.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Spike said...

I've learned that Jim the yumoo gives more treats than other yumoos. I still have to bite him now and then because, well, I'm a Spawnkitty.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I play with spoons!

~Chuck the kitty

1:44 PM  

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