Morgan was quite glad that the process was being completed with such efficacy. The bespectacled human tossed the creature the chicken leg, and Waar snapped it up of course, taking this as a treat. The creature was just at the right age to be doing this, Morgan told theirself as they were working on this. Morgan still had a lot to do before working with a creature like this mount-wise, but perhaps with luck Morgan would have the skills necessary to do this in the meantime. This was just more important for now than was learning to ride. The bespectacled human then began to work with the creature to get it to stay in place now that it was off of the chain. Morgan would let it walk around and then tell it to stay, and even while being tempted with chicken legs he would stay in place when told. That was awesome! Now on to the next training task.
When it came to training, the pair were really steamrolling it today it seemed. Waar was picking up training bits and bobs faster than Morgan had imagined, and it was beginning to make the bespectacled human think that maybe they had failed to realize how smart that drakes were. Thinking that they were somewhat like wiurn, Morgan was absolutely shocked about the fact that it seemed like they were more along the lines of the first wave of vulticus that existed. Morgan knew that the next training piece should come rather easily; 'Come'. That trick would make the creature move on over to Morgan whenever it was called over, and that would be absolutely required in the future. Morgan grabbed another uncooked chicken leg in the gloved hand, and raised the whistle to their lips. The sarane chick was already tilting his gangly head, curiously. Morgan felt like it was almost a shame that they would only work on tricks until he was broken.
Morgan whistled the command that they had chosen for 'come'; which was one long whistle. The creature seemed confused but curious, it was a different noise that the creature was not at all used to yet. However, Morgan knew that the creature would get it eventually. Morgan waved the chicken leg around tantalizingly, and the drake's tongue lolled out of his mouth a bit. Yes, that was fine, right? Come get the chicken leg... After a moment or two, Morgan simply repeated the whistle command for come, and the creature went to get up, just barely jerking his body a bit. Morgan waved the chicken leg around again, and slowly but surely, the drake krept along, keeping his eyes on the prize the entire time, until he was close enough for the bespectacled human to give it to the creature. Morgan handed it to him, and he took it more gently than Morgan had expected, again.
Morgan gave the creature a light pet to his head for doing a good job, and a scratch beneath his chin, feeling a bit attached to him. Then, Morgan stopped theirself, shaking there head frowning. Just because the psycho-somatic effect was working on the creature, did not mean that it should work for Morgan. The creature could KILL me. The creature would kill me. The creature will try to kill me. Morgan reminded theirself of this, but it was a bit hard to conceptualize that truly. Morgan knew that they could do it though, weather through it. At least Morgan could. Morgan backed up again, leaving the creature to finish the training device that was a 'treat', and then grabbed another uncooked chicken leg. They were pretty close to being done, after all, and Morgan was sure they would continue at this pace. Another command was given with the whistle.
Waar was much faster up on the uptake this time, as if he was beginning to understand what this command meant. The creature moved up, no longer inching, and this time full of pomp and confidence. That was the way a half-dragon moved, Morgan was sure. That was good enough! The bespectacled human gave the creature an uncooked chicken leg, and even though Morgan felt quite a bit more confident with feeding the creature now, they were still cautious to make sure that the creature didn't randomly snap for some reason. Creatures were unpredictable, after all. After the creature was done crunching through the chicken leg, Morgan whistled the command for 'come' again, having scooted back and grabbed an uncooked chicken leg from the bag already. Morgan was growing quite confident with this, theirself! Waar came trotting up, tail and little wings held high. Thank goodness the creature couldn't fly with those little wings yet!
There was so much more to be done today, and luckily, Morgan was sure that Waar was managing to pick this up incredibly well. He trots up quite quickly, and Morgan tossed the creature a good uncooked chicken leg. Morgan was quite careful with it, for now. The creature may be innocent and more curious than destructive at the moment, but some day it was going to be a horrific nightmare. The bespectacled human that they really shouldn't take this for granted, ever. Horomones were a hell of a thing. Morgan took turns calling on the whistle for the creature to come, and then the creature walking up to Morgan quietly, and then Morgan would give the treat. This sort of thing ignored bad behaviors, and promoted good ones, and worked for most creatures. Morgan was a bit shocked that it worked so well with sarane, as well. After a while of doing this, Morgan was sure that the creature got the 'come 'command down pat.
Morgan decided to move on to another bit of training; since they now presumably had 'come' to work on, and it was quite fresh on the mind whether it stuck or not (it seemed to have stuck, anyway). The next trick that they were going to work on was 'follow'. This was basically the 'come' command, only with a bit more work attached, as far as Morgan was concerned. This one needed to be kept separate from the from the come command, so Morgan was planning to use a hand command for it. Morgan grabbed a chicken leg, and then made a motion towards themselves, to make the creature begin to associate this with the chicken leg. Morgan dangled the chicken leg carefully, like they did last time, which was associated somewhat with the creature coming to get the chicken leg. Waar seemed a bit hesitant though, with this new bit of training.
The list that Morgan had prepared today was dwindling, and that was a welcome sign. Morgan had no idea how much longer they had to work with this in all honesty, since at any time the hormonal freight train could slam into the time bomb of a creature. Morgan carefully waved the chicken leg, trying to beacon the creature to come to get it, and made the hand motion again, to get the creature to come to them. Eventually, Waar came slinking forward. Morgan knew that this was their chance; Morgan began to walk back a few feet, forcing the knee-high creature to follow them. The bespectacled human made Waar follow them for a little ways and then gave the creature a chicken leg and a good petting. That was good, at least. Morgan grabbed another chicken leg as Waar was finishing his, and then backed up a few more feet. Repetition was key to memory formulation.
Morgan was quite quiet, for the entire time. They wanted to get the creature used to watching Morgan closely, instead of actually blindly responding to verbal commands that other people could guess. That would be a problem in any kind of situation that would require a creature to fight, and Morgan knew that. Not that Morgan planned on going to the pit ever to do that sort of thing, if they didn't have to. Not with a sarane anyway. For one, sarane tournaments hadn't been a thing in at least a year, maybe more. Morgan didn't really keep up with that kind of thing, just heard it on the radio or read it in the morning papers. Morgan carefully made the motion to 'follow' again, and the creature began walking forward. Morgan began walking backwards, this time much farther around. Waar seemed curious as to why he wasn't getting the snack, until Morgan eventually figured that it was far enough, and tossed it to him.
Well, this was going decently well so far. Today was a warmer day than the day before had been, and Morgan was already wiping a bit of sweat off of their brow. After the next training bit after this one, Morgan figured that they would go home for the day. Morgan may not know how much longer they had to work on this, but hoped desperately that the work they were doing today would stick and eventually be of use whenever this pseudo-dragon tried to kill them, invariably. Morgan decided to push the training a little more this go around, since they were nearing the end of the day, and the creature was still rapt attention-wise surprisingly when it came to the training. Morgan decided to capitalize on that, grabbing another chicken leg and this time holding it still while making the 'follow' command hand sign. The drake began walking toward Morgan, and this time Morgan turned tail and began power-walking away.
Morgan quietly walked away for some time, and then turned over, looking over their shoulder. Waar was happily following, looking quite excited about the chicken leg the entire time. Morgan soon turned around, and tossed the chicken leg to the creature for doing properly. Morgan was going to have to continually repeat this and make sure that the creature took the training to the crystallized intelligence area the whole way through. Morgan knew that this was how creature training worked, for the most part. The bespectacled individual continued to take the chicken legs in the gloved hand and toss them to the creature every time he performed the 'follow' command properly whenever Morgan made the hand movement. Then, Morgan began mixing this command with the other commands, to make sure that it had stuck as well as the other commands. Soon, Waar was following Morgan at the command even without the chicken legs.
The last thing that Morgan wanted to teach was 'Lay Down'. This was a trick that would be nominally useful, Morgan was sure that it would allow for them to get the creature mounted easily enough in the future. Morgan was really short and had a small build, so this would be tantamount for the creature as an adult. Morgan frowned at the knowledge that this sort of thing could play life or death for the both of them in the future. Morgan just knew that the idea was going to be a difficult one to process when the time came, but it would not be hard to tell when the time came. It was hard to believe that this goofy looking lanky gangly animal was going to be a nightmare and a half sooner rather than later. Morgan decided to train the 'lay down' trick using a high to low hand signal.
This one was something that they didn't really have anything to 'work off of' for, but Morgan knew that it was still needed, and badly. Morgan grabbed a chicken leg, knowing exactly how they were going to do this, and then took the chicken leg in the gloved hand. Already Waar was staring excitedly, whipping his tail around. That was good; that was a desired thing right now. This creature ate a ton of food, and it was a wonder that he was still hungry. That was a growing animal for you. Morgan made the hand lowering sign while also taking the chicken leg and moving it from a high position, about face level with the creature, to a lower one, really close to the ground. The sarane naturally lowered himself to the ground, keeping his eye on the prize. Morgan stood up, and the creature stood up as well. Well, this was going to take a minute, but Morgan was sure it would be fine.
Morgan repeated the action, using both the hand motion and dropping low with the food. By this point, Waar has noticed (Morgan could tell by looking into his eyes) that he did not, in fact, get a treat this time so he must have done something wrong. Definitely more intelligent than a wiurn, probably around the same as the average cave vulticus, they figured. Waar dropped down again, full body flush against the ground, and before he could stand up Morgan tossed the chicken leg to him, to try to get the creature to associate laying down with getting the desired outcome. Waar snapped it up and looked at Morgan curiously, as if beginning to get this quite well already. Morgan waited until Waar sat up again before taking another chicken wing, and this time making the hand lowering signal instead of being down too. Waar seemed confused at first, and slowly laid down, alternatively. When he got there, Morgan gave him the chicken leg.
Morgan was quite glad that they were making progress on the last thing today, and knew that they would have to keep repeating this to really get it ingrained in the creature's mind. This needed to be like second nature, like the other commands they had worked on today, if it was going to work when the creature was hormone addled in the close future. Morgan hoped that it would be farther out than they figured, because they needed time to learn how to ride a sarane. Who would be able to help with that? Morgan happened to know someone that had a simple tier-one hen, and that would probably work well enough for the purposes, anyway. Morgan had never thought that they would be doing this... But it had to be done, even if Morgan had just been making an impulsive buy at the time. Morgan made the hand signal again, and this time Waar laid down quicker. Morgan tossed him the chicken leg, wash rinse repeat.
Riku: Oh how perfect! I woke up wanting to post (unexpected, but yay) and saw I had a reply. <3 Meant to be.
May 26, 2020 6:40:43 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
May 20, 2020 21:18:53 GMT -6