After some success in training shopping carts not to cross parking lot yellow boundary lines so they would not be stolen or damaged, I started to think that I was still missing something as a Cart Whisperer. I had carefully looked at Cesar Millan’s model with dogs and I remembered reading about Monty Roberts as a Horse Whisperer from back in the 1990’s. Roberts’s method of training horses has become legendary (he is still at it). Roberts wrote, “that he realized that horses used a discernible, effective and predictable body language to communicate, set boundaries, show fear and express annoyance, relaxation or affection, and that he came to understand that utilizing this silent language would allow training to commence in a much more effective and humane manner, encouraging true partnership between horses and humans. Roberts describes this language as Equus.”
This seemed to me to be the missing piece in my ability as a Cart Trainer. There was a silent language between the carts and myself (some of it not to be repeated). I have named this language Cartus, mostly because it is close to cart and cuss. This method is a strictly nonviolent method of training and it too will allow ‘true partnership between carts and humans.’ What Roberts discovered in teaching and exhibition of his kind and non-abusive techniques in training horses was how it likewise affected humans in his audiences and caused deep emotional manifestations.
I wondered if this might work with Shopping Carts and users of Shopping Carts. Sure enough: Those seeing a cart trained with kindness, without abuse, and relaxation and affection began to immediately effect the attitude of shoppers and their Carts. Robert’s famous term of ‘Join-up’ (Join-Up: is the process of communicating with the horse to create an environment of cooperation) became an obviously instant term and part of Cart Training.
No, really, this is what happened.
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”