An instructional video on the concept of affordances.
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The Primal Elements of Play is willing, self-induced engagement in, and the experience of, novel, consequent opportunity. More are a featured aspect of Play+, and are shaped and honed as a product of embodied experiences. An Over is any leaping catch that happens over top of the handler’s body. Overs are usually named by the part of the body over which the dog flies, i.e - Leg Over,... More the course of the development of this philosophy, JJ Gibson’s Affordance theory and direct perception crossed my path and the Primal Elements seem to be key elements of the perceptual array for direct perception.
One simple concept, properly applied could be used to make your dog stop and look at you when a door was opened or an open door was encountered,without prompting. It’s dead simple and serves as the basis of jump up on an object, get off the couch, get in the car, and get out of the kitchen. Pretty cool, right?
The Primal Elements in Play+ serve as the fundamental building blocks that shape the entire play experience. They are the core ingredients that define what actions are possible, how those actions are understood, and how they are linked to form more complex behaviors and processes.
What if it’s not the failure of the dog to generalize the skill but the failure of the handler to teach the root concept of the skill in the first place? What if we as dog trainers are more often than not fostering a contextual understanding of behavior instead of a conceptual one?
In a recent piece I laid out 3 Disc Quan Do Forms that work in concert to create competent interior play. Let’s focus in on one of them, the Balanced In the Play+ philosophy, "Position" is the final stage within the "Next" phase of a Cycle of Play. It acts as a pivotal link between the "Next" phase and a new "Now" phase. More Form, and explore how and why it works and how it scales up.