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How Do You Know If A Dog Has Developed A Positive Association? TEST! Presented by Yvette Van Veen

  • 18 Oct 2017
  • 6:00 PM
  • 19 Oct 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Recorded


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Presented by Yvette Van Veen


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.

  • Learn what a positive association is
  • Learn what a positive association look like and how to recognize one
  • Understand how different pairings lead to different physical manifestations
  • Learn how to test so you are not interfering with results
  • Understand the difference between “non-reactive” and “positive association”
  • Learn how to use the process of elimination to remove extraneous factors, thus ensuring the dog makes an association with the relevant stimulus.

About The Presenter

Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

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