Morgan was admittedly a little anxious to get this done. They hadn't been able to get Cozette trained despite having worked with her extensively with her to get her more confident on her feet. She had been younger than Nico when Morgan had received him; and was still a bit behind him on the growth-wise, even before he grew. Now it was time to get Cozette acting at least somewhat civilized. She was pretty rambunctious, and it was time to show her how to behave. Morgan carefully sits her down (she still doesn't like being on a leash) on the grass, and then theirself sits down on a park bench. "Cozette, it's time to learn your name." Morgan said, tearing up the treats into smaller pieces. Cozette had already smelled them (they were bwee-based) and was staring at Morgan. That was good, that was a start. "Cozette." Morgan called, waving a treat at her.
The treat did the trick, and Cozette kept her attention on Morgan. Good, good, Morgan thought. "Good gal, Cozette." Morgan said, and they tossed one of the little pieces of treat to the little houluh. She was a pretty neat, solid color, Morgan had noted a long while back. That didn't seem super common; all the other houluh Morgan had seen so far had at least a little bit of color upon them. Morgan sat there thinking about that until Cozette's attention dipped a little bit. "Cozette!" Morgan said, waving another piece of the treat at her. Cozette's attention would have been completely lost if Morgan hadn't chosen the exact time that she dipped her attention instead of actually looking completely away. Cozette looked up quickly at the treat, and then Morgan tossed a piece of treat to her. "Good job, Cozette!" Morgan said to her.
Cozette was partially responsive mostly because she was already quite attached to Morgan It was a combination of the times that Morgan had taken Cozette to the mansion with them (some of those times were bad ideas- there was one in particular that was dangerous the whole way through and Cozette had been such a teeny tiny juvie at that time period...) and partially because houluh tended to gain love for an owner at such a rapid rate that it was nearly dangerous. Cozette was learning very quickly, and paying a whole lot of attention to Morgan because of that. However, they still needed practice. "Cozette." Morgan said, as soon as Cozette's attention barely started to deviate from Morgan. Cozette's face immediately turned. "Good girl, Cozette!" Morgan said, immediately giving the houluh her little bit of a treat. So far, so good. Morgan hoped the entire experience would be like this.
Morgan only really needed to do some more repetitions with this now, and then test to make sure that it is only the name that is working, which was what Morgan was hoping for. They waited until the houluh was finished with her treat to begin the repetition process of the name training. The first few things were going to be quick like this, Morgan hoped anyway. "Cozette!" Morgan would call out to her, and as soon as the white puppy looked at Morgan like she was supposed to, Morgan would give her praise and then a piece of the treats that they were using for her. Cozette would take the treat and eat it quickly, and then they would redo it again. This repetition went on for some time, and then Morgan began mixing in other words. Coztte only answered to her name, and Morgan was pleased- houluh tended to learn kinda quick on these simple things.
Morgan wanted to move as quickly as possible today because Nico was eventually going to have a pup, and Morgan would need to train the pup as soon as possible. Cozette needed to be all fixed up before then- plus, the more adult Houluh out there the merrier. "Cozette." Morgan said, to get her attention, trying to further her understanding of being taught. Training her was nothing like working with Nico, as he was used to being worked with and had a sort of 'working mode'. She was... Playing. Which was fine. Morgan raised their whistle to their lips, and then gave the command for 'come', while holding a piece of treat low enough for her to come and get it. That worked, and the pale houluh raced to get at the treat. Morgan gave her the treat. It was a good start at the very least, hopefully.
Houluh were good creatures, creatures that wanted desperately to do what their beloved masters wanted them to do, or at the very least had a large amount of instinct to follow a leader. Morgan wasn't entirely sure which they were programmed with. The thing was; Morgan didn't believe in deities and thus was sure that whatever was going on with how the houluh were designed, it definitely couldn't actually have anything to do with some sort of goddess named order. Plus, that was a dumb name for deities anyway. Morgan waited until the houluh lost interest in them, and went off to go sniff something in the wettish grass. Morgan raised the whistle to their lips and gave the command again, holding another treat down. The houluh was alerted to the noise, but didn't come until she saw the treat. She only came for the treat, which was fine for now.
The whole training philosophy that Morgan had come to so long ago was that most animals would become accustomed to following a stimulus with a repeated gesture afterwards; thus 'call' and 'response' being cemented as a normalized condition that was a 'good thing' generally allowing for creatures to learn quickly. Morgan knew that with enough repetition, this particular whistle call would always mean for the houluh to come; it was the same one that they used for all of the beings under their care, just in case. Morgan gave the call again as soon as the houluh stopped paying direct attention to them, and then of course the houluh saw the treat again, and came running. Wash rinse repeat, this happened again and again several times until Morgan was sure that they could move on to the next step of training the 'come to the whistle' command that Morgan had trained a billion times before to other creatures.
Morgan continued this reputation process, giving the whistled command, and then giving the houluh a treat whenever she came over, repeatedly until finally the young houluh seemed to have it down. Now to throw a wrench into it, figuratively, Morgan thought. Morgan gave a different whistle to see what the houluh would do, and didn't put a treat down for her. The houluh did look, but didn't come since she didn't see the treat. Now it was time to train her out of requiring a treat. Morgan continued to mix incorrect signals and words with the correct whistle. Whenever Cozette came to the correct whistle, Morgan would then procure a treat, instead of actually putting a treat down to her eye level like they had been doing. After quite a few repetitions where Cozette performed perfectly each time now that she had done it enough times, and Morgan was sure that they could move on.
The list was really simple today, but Morgan wanted to make absolute sure that not only were they making good progress through the list, but that it was actively becoming ingrained in Cozette's understanding. Morgan spent some time after this running them through the name and come commands, trying to make sure that everything actually stuck with her. After working with her until Cozette seemed a little bored, Morgan decided to indeed move on to the next piece of training- this time it was going to be No. No would be pretty easy- Morgan had previously had difficulty with Cozette trying to chew on wires, so they brought a gutted cord with them, just the rubber part, to work on the no command with her with. Morgan knew that she would just HAVE to try to chew on the cord like she wasn't supposed to, so No would be easy to address.
Nico had never really been one to chew on stuff like this, so he was difficult to teach no to in comparison to what Morgan expected this to be with Cozette. Morgan waited until Cozette stopped paying attention to them, and then casually dropped the gutted cord on the ground to make sure that Cozette didn't think it was a treat. Then, Morgan went over and sat down on the bench again. Casually, the houluh sniffed around in the grass, playing, and found the cord that Morgan had previously dropped. Step one was complete; it was obvious that she knew from Morgan's previous attempts at telling her no on the fly that she was not supposed to chew on cords like this. Morgan waited until Cozette got up the courage to try and bite it, and then they called out at her; "Cozette, No!"
Cozette had already been started on this a little before at home- with Morgan calling out 'no'. In fact, her natural desire to follow her master made her pick up Morgan's 'no' look pretty dang quickly, so she knew to stop. Cozette tucked her tail down, but not under her legs, and then backed away. Morgan grinned at her, and then called out, "Good girl, Cozette." At that, she was tossed a treat! She missed it, and picked it out of the grass to eat it. Morgan watched Cozette, knowing that by the time they were done with how repetitive this was about to be, Cozette would at least know the 'no' command. It was just repetition, as was everything else with training non-sentient creatures. Honestly, teaching sentient creatures was a ton more difficult.
This went on again and again; Cozette eventually trying to chew on the cord, Morgan calling out 'No', her backing away, and then a treat being administered.
As per usual, this simple trick was all about repetition. Morgan hated this part, but it was required and as such Morgan was incredibly diligent with the work. Morgan had done so much training by this point with Nico that acclimating to Cozette's unique situation was the most difficulty that Morgan had. For one, Cozette was a lot more... Distracted. Still, with a little extra work, Morgan was able to maintain an animation in the training that kept Cozette's attention. They continued to call out 'No' each time that the houluh tried to chew the gutted cord. Cozette backed off faster and faster each time, and Morgan would throw her a treat of course when she did it. This went on and on as it typically did until Morgan finally had a houluh that was responding to 'no' as she was supposed to. Morgan ran her again through all of the commands they'd worked on so far as practice.
The next thing on Morgan's list had actually been stay; but Morgan really liked to train sit before stay because it made it so much easier. Of course, Morgan wasn't really planning on teaching 'follow' this time; as of right now it wasn't super necessary. Cozette was not the correct temperament to be a working dog like Nico, and that was fine. She was an excellent houluh anyway, and was already doing quite well as a house companion. Not every creature had to have a specific purpose, after all. Plus, there was a lot about Cozette to like. "Alrighty..." Morgan mumbled, tearing apart more treats. Time to go onto the next thing.
Morgan stood up, with a treat in their hand, and then bent down to hold the treat in a palm above the creature's head only slightly. "Sit." Morgan said, and then they immediately raised their hand straight up.
This trick had worked every single time they did it with any other houndlike creature in the past, and it worked now. It was a well known 'trick' for trainers to use, since dogs tended to be very attentive to treats, it basically forced the creature to sit down on it's haunches in order to follow it with their eyes like they would typically do if the treat went above their head like this. It worked now with Cozette, with her eyes on the figurative prize and in order to do that, she sat down on her haunches. "Good gal, Cozette!" Morgan said, knowing that this was the start of what should be a fairly easy training exercise. Cozette was slowly starting to catch on to the whole training thing, but Morgan knew that she probably would never get into 'working mode' like Nico tended to do.
Riku: From what I loosely understand about the fish is that it isn't one-use, whereas the berry is. I feel like there wouldn't be any consequence of 'using' the fish...which I'd think just ooc wouldn't be counted for whatever rolls or whatever it is that it uses
Jun 3, 2020 14:14:30 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that piece of info Ren! <3 | But would it be allowed for the flavor of the rp if the berry wasn't filling enough for the Lotine?
Jun 1, 2020 6:09:21 GMT -6
Renathan: There is no need to double up on a fish and a magical berry (doesn't change the effect of the berry at all) in a lotine breeding.
Jun 1, 2020 6:02:21 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Does anyone know if it is possible to combine both a magical berry and a fish in a Lotine breeding? Or is you can only choose one of them? (right now writing a Lotine breeding)
Jun 1, 2020 5:36:49 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I am still interested in trading it for a green drake.
Jun 1, 2020 0:31:33 GMT -6
Ridelys: If you are still interested in a trade twilight, for your fidelity result, let me know.
May 31, 2020 22:49:49 GMT -6
Riku: I got three pet levels and 15c out of it. <3 And all the necessary posts for my job salary form.
May 31, 2020 18:49:26 GMT -6
Riku: In mine my crossbreed used foxfire to burn it - but then it used incendiary illusion, which was extra scary because my cross is a plant pet with thick fur. It used the distraction to escape. I’m proud of it, and it’s okay that I won’t finish this month.
May 31, 2020 18:48:42 GMT -6
Renathan: *But of course, the RNG was not having that. / In Morgan's story, the Nyssa was a real thing, so I wanted to have two different situations for the variety.
May 31, 2020 18:15:27 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, the 'finished the story but the RNGods are being a butt' thing is a rather unfortunate situation to be in. I had already decided that in Ren's story, the elderly woman had lied about the nyssa and just wanted someone to talk to*
May 31, 2020 18:14:49 GMT -6
Riku: That makes sense. I've considered that before. -nod- I hope your non-hxr life is going smoothly.
May 31, 2020 16:38:08 GMT -6
Haix: Just quitting the job. Don't believe I'll be making the ten posts required per month any time soon. XD
May 31, 2020 16:34:01 GMT -6
Riku: Note to haix, I believe you can post the new application form at the same time as the quitting form. Unless you are simply taking an overall break from the job system.
May 31, 2020 16:30:58 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: even AT the gardens yet. XD It sucks when you've finished writing your story and haven't gotten a success, because then its like "well... now what?" XD
May 31, 2020 15:51:47 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: ive found that when there's a quest that might take longer like this, its a good idea to try and space out the story beats to try and roll a success before i get to the meat of the story. XD Like, by the time i was 5 posts in my character wasn't
May 31, 2020 15:51:21 GMT -6