Committed to scientific, force-free, humane methods, Oscar Winning Behavior promises to adhere to the LIMA methodology – Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive. These methods are proactive and modern instead of punitive and old-fashioned. This means that we work hard not to frighten, intimidate, or unnecessarily stress you or your pets!
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We encourage our clients to ask three questions of anyone they consider having work with their pets. These questions were first established by Jean Donaldson, and are:
- What will happen to my pet if he gets it right?
When Oscar Winners get it right, they get something they want! That could be food, toys, snuggles, or a chance to do something else. We pay our learners for how hard they’ve been working – something easy that they’ve done hundreds of times before will get a small paycheck, but something new, scary, or challenging will make manna rain from the sky!
- What will happen to my pet if he gets it wrong?
We’ll take away access to something they want – food, toys, affection, or something else. They won’t experience intentional fear or pain, but they won’t get goodies either. Then we’ll look at the situation and adjust the scenario so they have a better chance of getting it right on our next attempt! There are no Oscar Losers – it’s an honor just to be nominated.
- Are there any less invasive alternatives to what you propose?
Usually not – but we are always looking!
Other websites we really enjoy are:
Cat Behavior Associates