“I am helping to train a guide dog that will assist an individual who is blind. At my stage of training, the dog is learning to be comfortable in busy social situations and to obey all the basic commands she will be given when working as a guide dog. When I finish this part of her program, she will go to a more skilled trainer who will teach her Intelligent Disobedience.”
What do you mean by intelligent disobedience?
“Most of the time it’s really important that the dog obeys the human’s instructions. But sometimes it would be dangerous to do so; for example, when a man with limited sight gave the command to step off a curb just as quiet hybrid car was turning into the street. The dog must know not to obey a command that will put the team–human and dog–in danger. Learning not to obey is a higher order of skill. It will require a trainer who is more experienced than I am.”
~IRA CHALEFF, author of Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong
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