Presented by Yvette Van Veen
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)
Many strategies in dog training involve creating a positive association. The absence of reacting or fleeing does not mean that a dog likes something. Knowing if you have successfully created a positive association is a critical question. There are ways in which we can ask an animal “do you like this?" Failing to do so risks putting people and trainers in situations where the dog is pushed too early, triggering a fearful or aggressive response that could have been avoided.
Classical conditioning may be a simple process but there are many variations and combinations of factors that impact what a positive association looks like.