Title: Using Behavior Chains to Reach Your Training Goals
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Using Behavior Chains to Reach Your Training Goals Instructor: Ms. Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB Facilitated by Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Dan Estep, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists Did you know that chains are good for dogs? Behavior chains, that is. (Not choke chains!) Behavior chains are sequences of movements that follow, one after the other, without a time gap. They are governed by cues from the trainer or from the rest of the animal’s environment. The primary reinforcer occurs after completion of the entire chain. Understanding how to create, maintain and repair behavior chains are essential skills for any advanced trainer. Virtually everything we want dogs to perform in competition or working venues (e.g., service-dog tasks, search & rescue, freestyle, agility, etc) are behavior chains, rather than single discrete behaviors (e.g., sit). And behavior problems can stem from behavior chains. Just a single weak link in a behavior chain will cause it to break, even if the rest of the links are strong. The confusion and possible punishment that the animal experiences during “weak link” failures can contaminate the entire chain and erode the dog’s ability to perform the activity at all. In this webinar you'll learn how to create powerful chains, how to avoid common mistakes and how to use them in a variety of situations you might not have thought of.
Sponsor: Animal Behavior Associates, Inc.
Speaker(s): Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB