Ankle Attack

Ankle Attack was the winner of the 2007 Karen Pryor Canis Film Festival’s feline division. The Film Festival is designed to showcase innovative, highly–communicative, short videos on animal training. These videos help educate pet owners and professionals who work with animals—dogs, cats, horses, rats, birds, llamas, and more.

Pedro was dumped out of a car when he was about 3 1/2 weeks old. My clicker trained cat had passed away about 3 months ago and I had been looking for a new candidate, but hadn’t really found anyone. When I saw this little guy at the vet’s, I knew he was the one for me! I took him home at 4 1/2 weeks and tried to start training him but he just wasn’t getting the idea. Did I make a huge mistake? Nope, he just wasn’t ready. At about 6 weeks old he just blossomed. He now learns a new behavior in an average of under 5 minutes. He loved to attack everyone’s hands and ankles so I decided that would be a perfect thing to do a video on. Many people ask me what to do about this problem and most books only recommend aversive methods so I decided to give positive ones a try instead. It worked great as you will see on the video. Pedro is a blast to have around and everyone’s ankles are much happier.

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