psychological displacement can be recognised as a behaviour that is often described as a ‘gear shift’ of emotions – it can take the form of fear, aggression, calming, avoidance etc – it is a psychiatric term refering to a psychological physical defense mechanism in which a behavioural response and display of emotion results from a repressed emotion being transferred to another, safer or more acceptable activity.
yawning, scratching, sniffing, head shaking, air kissing and licking are all ways in which a dog can attempt to delay in following a cue – all dogs do it during their learning periods – as an average at least 3 responses per dog is common.
the art is to recognise it and be prepared – in order to either correct or wait it out – avoid losing temper or showing frustration and stay focussed on the task in hand and the dog will quickly recognize that you understand what it is saying and that you are prepared to either meet the problem or let him/her resolve it him/herself – beau – zerlinda’s collie – did it at the beginning of the early sessions and always just before the ‘haha’ moment 🙂
it is often very subtle – often overlooked by trainers but it can lead to cue breakdown – if it is serious – such as taking flight or being displayed as aggression then it needs sorting – this sort of displacement usually occurs when the training is going too fast for the dog to feel any sense of achievement – self worth is important to the dog which is why I always say end on a good note when finishing a session – if the dog develops a flight mentality – as gunner started to exhibit with dummy launchers – then s/he is feeling far too much pressure and the training need evaluating – it is rare for the problem to be the dog – biting is another problem one – the dog feels mentally trapped. stopping what s/he is doing – known as quitting behaviour – lying down for example – is another way the dog will try to avoid – caused by lack of motivation and sometimes by poor puppy socialisation – or in the case of a worker – then it could be the breeding – it also happens when put under too much pressure – I have seen this with gun dogs and those of you that work herding dogs will have seen it too – the dog goes on strike even when under risk of a telling off or a beating
those of you that have had paperwork from me – remember the example of brose returning to me slowly – horseshoe shaped – when recalled after my son’s accident? – arousal displacement – fear/stress/reaction to my fear/stress in voice – transference
is that what you wanted komtessa
is it the boyo – offering displacment to the girlie? ;D bet it is – or she doing to you when training 😀 girlies are brill at it ::) correct me if i am wrong ;D