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Cotw Handouts 2011

Cotw Handouts 2011

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 © THE THIRD WAY ~ Chris Bach ~ 2011 PROOFING for Reliability and Enthusiasm 1
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ForReliability andEnthusiasm
Why Proof?
Clarifies the concept
Result is reliability
Result is enthusiasm
Increases confidence
For our dog
For us
Intensifies commitment
Result is reliability
Result is enthusiasm
Result is increased confidence
What is “Commitment”
That magic
in time when the consciousdecision is made to proceed
A conscious decision means the subject is
of what he is doing
This point in time is called “the commitment point”
Use the “maintain” criterion to create and captureawareness
Unless a response has a “maintain” criterion itcannot be proofed
“Commitment points” are generated and controlledby their consequences
“Commitment points” are a result of operantconditioning
Let’s Talk Theory and Clarify
Classical conditioning
Is a reflexive response
Has no commitment point
Follows the formula: Stimuli (=emotional state) =response
Example: Blinking
Your brain senses that your eyes are in need
You blink to lubricate or protect them
Blinking is automatic (reflexive)
It does not require a conscious decision
It doesn’t have a commitment point
It is a reflexive response as a result of adefensive emotional state
It is not modifiable using reinforcement orpunishment
It cannot be proofed
It can be affected only by changing the subject’semotional state
The response changes from reflexive tonon-reflexive
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Operant conditioning
Is a non-reflexive response
Has a commitment point
Follows the formula: Stimuli/antecedent/cue =response = consequences (= release)
Example: Closing your eyes on cue (maintain)
Closing your eyes on cue
You are cued to close your eyes
You consciously choose to close them on cue
That decision moment is the “commitment point”
You commit to keeping them closed untilreleased
These commitments are generated andcontrolled by their consequences
This cued response can be modified bymanipulating its consequences
The response to this cue can be strengthenedthrough proofing
More about Commitment Point
One must give a dog the chance to commit beforetaking action
“Automatic interference
” ruins commitment 
It’s OK for a dog to be in conflict!
“Conflict” presents a wonderful learningopportunity!
Not immediately stopping an inappropriateresponse at commitment point
ruins progress 
Once a commitment is made, TAKE ACTION:
Reinforce what you want
Stop what you don’t want
Stopping vs. correcting
Stopping is an unavoidable aversive
We can never remove all “aversives” fromtraining
What can be done about this?
Minimize the punishing affect
Maximize the reinforcing affect
Stopping is different than correcting
Correcting is intended to tell the dog “stopthat and don’t ever do it again”!
Because correcting is more severe thanstopping it maximizes the punishing affectand minimizes the reinforcing affect
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Stopping vs. Ignoring
Stopping is more effective than ignoring
Stopping doesn’t allow wrong responses tobe reinforced
Stopping prevents classical conditioning ofundesirable emotional states
Stopping gives the dog accurate information
Stopping prevents the formation of badhabits
Stopping maximizes the effectiveness of theteaching process
Ignoring is not the same as “waiting duringconflict”
Ignoring means disregarding a commitment
Waiting during conflict means waiting forthen responding to a commitment point
It uses “commitment points” effectively
It has proven to be very effective in assuring reliabilityand enthusiasm
A Way of
about dogs
A Way of
with dogs
A Way of
dogs skills
A way of
about dogs
Dogs are perfect at being dogs
They are self serving
Example: Doozi vs. Stunner
Is Stunner more “willing to please?”
Doozi can be taught to be as “committed”as Stunner through proofing
Dogs do what it takes to feel safe and satisfied
Dogs don’t test, they experiment
Dog’s don’t try to show who’s boss, they do what worksfor them
Dogs cannot have abstract verbal conversations
Externally (with us)
We cannot verbally explain what we want
Dogs cannot learn the meaning ofwords
Dogs can only learn what words orcues mean to them
Proofing helps clarify the meaning ofcues

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