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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
” 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
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