Atten Arf

Bubba, the little pupper that chills in my apartment, is surprisingly intelligent for a Shih Tzu. In fact, there are few things more satisfying than watching Bubba obey a command while a nearby German Shepherd completely ignores their owner.

In order to explore Bubba's obedience influencers, I decided to track a few features each time a command is given. These features range from the person giving the command, the tone of voice, if a treat or toy was involved, the time of day, and if Bubba was already active/alert. After filling out a spreadsheet over the course of a month, a feature importance calculation via a Random Forest Classifier yields: