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Behavior Modification Programs

Because we love our cats a great deal, our natural tendency is to pamper them. We may think it is cute when cats show us what they want by pawing at us or meowing excessively. We respond by giving the cat what is wanted upon that cute demand.


What is it?

Cats learn they can teach us when we let them in or out, give them food, and pet them upon their request. Unfortunately, for some cats, this power this leads to unwanted behaviors.

Everything in life is valuable to the degree you don't have it. During behavior modification programs, pets learn to value attention and affection more because you give it less.

Invisible pet means the only time attention and affection is lavished on the pet is when the human solicits the interaction, not when the pet solicits it.


As the pet begins to learn to earn affection by following instructions, you begin to "raise the bar" by asking for more or better responses for the same level of attention.


Exceptions are that you treat the cat as your best friend and shower love on your cat when it is on your terms for about 8 to 9 seconds. Otherwise, you must ignore the cat.


The cat is just invisible. You don't punish the cat. When you, as the Positive Human Leader, decide to give the cat attention on your terms, even if 60 seconds after the cat solicited it, you call the cat to you. If the cat does not come running to you, it means you have not made your affection value and rewarding enough for the cat to crave getting it.


In a behavior modification program, customized by Dr. Rolan Tripp, after the pet "passes" out of the "Invisible Pet Test," you continue with a Learn to Earn behavior modification method. The goal is for a pet to eagerly greet you and want your affection and attention. What is not wanted is casual relationships during behavior modification programs

Learn to Earn means your cat learns how to "sit" before attention, food, treats, going through doors, getting toys, etc.  As weeks go by, you can teach other new words such come, sit, sit up, wave, and stay.

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