Anna Grossman teaches Bandit how to do a self-portrait using an iPhone.
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About a year ago, Anna Jane Grossman and Kate Senisi started to do something they admit is "kind of silly." The co-owners of dog-training academy School for the Dogs in Manhattan started to train their canine clients to use iPads. Until then, felines pretty much had the four-legged iPad-user market cornered.
School for the Dogs now offers iDog clinics periodically. The classes are small, consisting of up to four owners and dogs at a time. While it would delightful to teach your dog to compose e-mails via dictation and do your online banking on your iPad, the classes are geared for more basic tablet skills.
It all starts with a touch. A nose touch, to be exact. "We teach them to touch their nose to a hand, and then we usually move on to an object, like the end of a baton or fly swatter. It's a good exercise in helping owners develop their training skills," Grossman said. If a dog can reliably touch an object, then that object can be an iPad, and that touch can trig... [Read more]