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Barnum's First Service Skill: Shutting Cabinets (and Drawers)

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Duration: 2 minutes and 30 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 94
Posted by: servicedogpartner on Mar 15, 2011

14-month-old bouvier des Flandres, Barnum, a service-dog-in-training (SDiT), shows his ability to shut a wide range of cupboard doors.
This skill is not yet "under stimulus control" -- Barnum begins to shut the cupboards before I ask, and doesn't entirely know just the hand signal, either.
I made this video on a nonverbal day, so I couldn't give the spoken cue, which added a layer of difficulty. I'm using very sloppy, distracted American Sign Language at the beginning of the clip, because Barnum decides, as soon as the cameras roll, to go ahead and start shutting cupboards!
My blog, with more about Barnum's training, is After Gadget (http://aftergadget.wordpress.com).

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