Coffeebeans’ Dilemma – An Instructional Analysis
Read “Coffeebeans’ Dilemma” here.
It’s clear that Coffeebeans wants Froth to understand that she likes non-vegetarian food. Assuming that Froth isn’t feeding vegetarian food to Coffeebeans, just to spite the dog; but because she doesn’t realize that CB hates it, CB should do the following:
- She should lap up the non-veg food whenever it comes her way, then wag her tail and lick Froth’s face as a gesture of thanks (thus, “reward” her.)
- When served vegetarian stuff, she should follow Anna’s example and start an indefinite hunger strike (and “punish” poor Froth, who’d then try her best to feed CB what she likes.)
- It’s important that she doesn’t guard the vegetarian food, because it would then send conflicting signals to Froth, thus weakening the reinforcement.
However, knowing the Coffeebeans is a pup first and an analyst of human behavior next, there’s a strong chance that CB would continue to guard that incredibly yucky vegetarian food! (A dog’s perspective differs from ours, dear vegetarian readers:))
Remember that it’s easy to understand the theories, but difficult to put them in practice!