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The dog who forced me to notice what was going on was an Airedale Terrier named Gunner. I was working him on a scent problem, having him follow a track laid by my sevenyear-old daughter Colleen. As I work on tracking, the dog is taught not only to follow a scent but to retrieve objects dropped by the track layer. The track was plainly marked for me, since there was still dew on the ground and Colleen's footsteps showed clearly. Furthermore, I knew where the track "had" to end, since Colleen had been picked up in a car and driven away after dropping the last glove.
There is also The Talking Ape, but while I find that Keith Lardlaw is much more grown-up in his descriptions and love of his orangutan than the authors of most of the other stories I've seen, The Talking Ape ends with the ape in a zoo, which is not a horrible fate as Lardlaw describes it, but which is still not my notion of a training story. There are stories, but none is of much use to me, so I had no tales to take to Gentle Jungle, the wild-animal training facility where I found Washoe, together with her adopted son Loulis and another female chimp named Moja.
It may be that any challenges to our tacit assumptions about where language is to be located are, in this A Walk with Washoe: How Far Can We Go? 19 century, emergencies in the way challenges to explicit or tacit assumptions about the nature and location of the soul used to be; or it may be just that any genuine philosophical problem is an emergency. But the kind of case that Washoe is an example of has sponsored more turmoil than is easily explicable. What in our assumptions about language, or animals, or exchanges, or relationships is threatened?