Intelligent disobedience. The phrase is a mouthful, and the concept behind them difficult to grasp. They seem like a contrary combination of words.
You may wonder what this strange idea is, and what it has to do with dogs. It is certainly one a physically challenged person cannot put aside, for it will benefit him greatly.
Training a dog not to obey when necessary is no mean feat. If your curiosity as been piqued, you will want to know how trainers manage it.
What is intelligent disobedience?
The phrase refers to a service animal going against his owner’s wishes. It does so in an attempt to help the owner make better decisions.
The aim of intelligent disobedience is to keep the physically challenged safe. It is an indispensable part of a service animal’s job.and has been part of their training since 1936.
The benefits of intelligent disobedience
This practice instills animals with a sense of responsibility. They feel valued, and will connect better with you. The mutual respect will make it possible for them to have your interests in mind. It engenders respect between owners and their dogs.
How to teach guide dogs intelligent disobedience
Knowing when to obey is a challenge for humans and dogs. Trainers teach guide dogs intelligent disobedience in a variety of ways.
The most common of these methods is some form of aversive training.Owners use the technique most often when crossing roads. Trainers teach dogs, with a forward command, how to move across roads and stop at curbs. Once the dog makes it across successfully, they use a squirt gun if it gets too close to cars and other dangerous objects.
To give the dog examples of dangerous situations, the trainer moves him close to the edge of a curb. He “falls off” the edge to show the dog how dangerous it is. The dog also learns not to bring its owner too close to passing cars or obstacles.
As the dog develops recognition of such situations, the trainer will increase their difficulty. The dog gets a reward when it reacts to them appropriately.
Intelligent disobedience: It works both ways
The concept of Intelligent Disobedience works both ways. The dog must know when to disobey while humans must practice intelligent obedience. They must listen to their canine friends if they highlight dangerous situations. The owner must have implicit trust in his dog’s judgment.
Supposing an owner gives instructions to the guide dog to cross the street, but cars are still passing. The dog should have the intelligence to refuse his owner’s instructions. The command must also be exact, or the animal will not attempt to cross.
How you can apply it in other fields
Dogs are not the only creatures which can disobey when the time is right. Humans can too. A good place to start using intelligent disobedience is in the workplace.
When working in a team, try to put your ideas in place using the bottom-up approach. Learn to appreciate helpful feedback from your colleagues.
Appoint someone to be the devil’s advocate. His function is to monitor your ideas and to challenge them should they be unworkable.He provides alternative suggestions to yours.
Now that you know what intelligent disobedience is, you can make it work for you and your pet.