Wednesday, February 25, 2009

YAY! I'm an official VKC trainer!

For those of you (all one, apparently) who might not be familiar with it, the Virtual Kennel Club was founded by Enrico "Rico" Genosse to promote adoption (OK, "sale" if you want to be all OOC about it) and training of dogs ("canidroids") which he built and scripted.

In no particular order, the VKC adopts out Bloodhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Labradors, Australian Shepherds, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, Bichon Frises, Newfoundlands, German Shepherds, Dobermans and Chow Chows. (You can't get the hyenas any more unless somebody's feeling really generous.)

Watch the film: VKC... The Story Begins

When Steelhead's Port Harbor was being pre-booked, I wrote to Mister Genosse about opening a dog park in Steelhead - and instead, he suggested I run it! We worked out arrangements to pay for the land, I started landscaping it into a space for people to enjoy the view as well as the dogs, and eventually when our schedules synched up, he gave me the Trainer test and the contract!

Without trying to make fun of Mister Genosse, it was kind of funny. The current trainers, especially Rosanna Himmel, did a really good job of preparing me over a series of about four training sessions. The test was to teach the dog a trick - pick up a frisbee, go around a pole at one end of the space, then cross back, go around/over/through a fence and drop the frisbee on the other side. First thing I asked was if I had been made a friend of the the test dog, a very handsome Chow Chow. This would allow me to give the dog commands almost as if I were his owner. Ooops. He fixed that quickly.

Then we got the spare frisbee out of the way.

See, VKC dogs can "see" objects when they've got active scripts in them, like Uni Ninetails's trees for instance. The post that the dog was supposed to circle was set like this, but somehow it acquired a very odd name -- the same one I was wearing at the Steelhead "Phantom of the Opera" masquerade dance! Rico thought I was joking when I told the dog to "go the mushroom of the catacombs", but honestly, that's what the post said. I don't even think I was wearing my RPTool.

He had some tricky bits - the dog wouldn't "go" to the post, after the name was fixed, because his "go" command had been changed! I spotted that and fixed it quickly, then taught the dog some marks, locations for the dog to remember and be able to be directed to. A little more fiddling and plotting on my part, and the chow nicely left where I was standing, circled the post, headed for the fence, stopped where he was to drop the frisbee, circled around the other end of the fence and returned to me with a nice little playful rollover to finish.

One problem - he didn't take the frisbee. "chow take frisbee" (dogs don't like capital letters). No response. Well, well, well. Another sneaky challenge! "dog forget take" - this should have removed a taught, overlaying behavior and returned "take" to the default action. Except... now the dog didn't do anything. "chow help" - this lists all the dog's marks, instincts, tricks and status. "chow list take" - no response at all.

Ooops. This broke "fetch" too, of course, because "take" is part of "fetch". It was more adventurous of a test than we expected! We found a script bug! He said I passed. :D

Now my beautiful park will be opening Friday - we'll take about an hour for final setup with proper signage and such, then the public is welcome at 5 PM, just enough time for people to check things out before Steelhead's Mardi Gras dance at 7. AND there'll be a special VKC event on Saturday too!

Oh, and for no good reason at all:
Adopshun by lolcatz - Not so grate acksually

1 comment:

vitolo said...

At Dogland Park, we have extended our services to make owning an sl pet more fun and easier. We have added many attractions as well.
*Come see our classes, or get walked through VKC Dog Adoption and 
training. Not only Do we have the greatest dogs available in world, with 
true Artificial Intelligence, but there is more.
*We are the ONLY vendor of Jazz Johin Animated Talking Macaws.
*We carry "Happy Pets" Fantasy pets (like animated Bambi).
*You will find Todd Borst Shoulder Pets here of every kind, and if you 
contact me before buying, you will get a L$100 discount on these pets!
*Underwater Sea Trail
* Regular Free Classes
* Free Supplies , Beds, House for dogs
*PET SUPPLIES STORE- Vito's Neighborhood is now located right on Dogland Park
so that visitors no longer must cross travel to get to 
the Best VKC dog supplies in world!
*Dogs can be claimed at any clinic, OR by a direct IM to myself 
or any of my staff
Vitolo Rossini is the only certified D&D Dogs representative in world.
*The VKC Proven Trainers at Dogland have gone OVER and beyond 
certification requirements. They have all passed exams, and been
certified by VKC, and then... they passed my own tough test to be 
allowed to serve you at Dogland. Only 3 People out of 10 have 
passed my personal requirements, and these are the "cream of the 
crop". This is who you can expect 24/7 service from
*Free Pet Memorial- I heard your call for a Pet Memorial that was without
cost to use, so I added one to Dogland Park. Attached to VKC Dog Park 
at Rhoda, the Memorial Wall is located near the duck pond close 
to the Dogland Little Theater. There is plenty of room for anyone to 
memorialize their friends that have passed. Send me a full perm picture 
of your pet, and write a notecard about them- say what is in your heart. 
Your pet will appear on the wall the very same day, and will remain 
there for you and for others to visit, when at Dogland. This memorial
is for anyone who has lost their rl best friend.
* There is over 50,000 meters of open Dog Walking , Pet Rezzing allowed area.
Follow the shoreline all the way around to the beautiful Dogland Boardwalks art exhibit!
* There is an ample 2 hour auto return to give you and your Dogs plenty of time to explore!
Come See us at: Rhoda 142, 155, 25
Contact: Vitolo Rossini, "The Dogfather"-Park Owner/Trainer
I get IM to email 24 /7 for your convenience!
Even with no clinic, Dogland Park improves. Without the restrictions and limits placed on Dogland by Enrico Genosse, the park has become more of what the VKC Dog Owners Open Chat Group wanted. There are always fully trained VKC and D&D dogs available for relocation at great low costs. We also now no longer must cater to the wishes of others, concerning telling truth about certain vendors products that are bad for our SL dogs. Dogland support team can now be perfectly honest with all about which products are best for your dogs.
I was concerned at first about losing the clinic, but you guys have shown that you prefer the park, open, and honest, and without VKC officials "calling the shots" about what you see at the park, and what you hear in group notices, or say in group chat!
Congrats to all!