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The VKC dogs come with a comprehensive Dog Owner's Manual. You can always find it when you say to your dog:
Imagine exploring Second Life with your virtual dog at your side, entertaining people you meet, or taking him to the dog park to play games and win contests. Imagine your dog greeting your friends at home when you're away.
VKC Dogs have true artificial intelligence and obey physics, so they seem more natural and alive. They are active and aware and they learn, so you can teach them to behave the way you like. Born with basic instincts, these virtual puppies can develop individual personalities through experience and conditioning, and they can learn new tricks that you teach them.
Your virtual pet from the VKC is not limited to using only his Instincts. He is able to learn new combinations of behaviors as tricks. You can think up a chain of behaviors chosen from among your dog’s Instincts, combined perhaps with some commands for turning and waiting. Because the dogs can learn, you can assign a single word to the string of commands and teach it to your dog. Then whenever you want your dog to perform these actions, you would use the single word as a command. The dogs are able to remember many tricks that you teach.
At the most basic level, the virtual dogs learn through conditioning. When a dog does something pleasing to you, say, “Fido good” (assuming his name is Fido). This will make it more likely that he will repeat this behavior in the same situation. As you train and condition Fido, his personality develops, a personality that is unique to him.
The difference between training and conditioning can elude people. To simplify, training involves teaching a specific set of skills while conditioning changes the likelihood that any given skill set will be put to use. Even if we never teach our dogs a single trick, we can still condition the dog’s personality. Of course, if the dog also knows some tricks, its personality is richer and more varied.
Our original VKC Dog Park in Caledon is still operational. Additional VKC Dog Parks are scattered around SL for the pleasure and convenience of VKC Dog owners everywhere. Each park offers its own set of dog-centered recreational opportunities, including shopping, games and contests, opportunities to exercise your dog training skills and more.
The Virtual Kennel Club (VKC) Group was founded by the VKC Dogs' creator, Enrico Genosse, in 2006. It is the ONLY official Group for owners of VKC Dogs and is the sole trustworthy source of information on the dogs. Please do not be fooled by unaffiliated groups purporting to be more popular replacements. Stay up to date with the latest information on new releases, special events, and updates by joining the Virtual Kennel Club. Joining the VKC is absolutely free to all. After joining please IM an Officer to upgrade your Role so you can join in the Group Chat.
Members of the VPS (VKC Park Service) wear the VKC Badge and the title, "VKC Proven Trainer," to assure the public that they are skilled in handling VKC Dogs and helping owners. Trainers teach VKC Patrons how to care for their dogs. Trainers also assist with problems such as lost, sick dogs, or misbehaving dogs. Trainers go through an apprenticeship and must pass a special test to prove their skills with people and the VKC dogs.
These pets are available in our VKC® Parks.
The following are occasionally available through the VKC® Parks. If the pet you want is not in the parks, there may be other SL residents who would be willing to sell a Hyena or an original Polar Bear to you. The Penguin, the Polar Bear, the Polar Bear Cub, and the Rabbit Halloween are not transferable but may be available on Marketplace.
The following older breeds have been retired to make room in the VKC Dog Parks for the latest breeds.
Although these dogs are in retirement, they still receive the full support of the VKC. They can still be claimed or healed at the Dog Clinics and the VKC Proven Trainers will continue to help you with these breeds, just like always.
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