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Service Dog Training Institute


Chaining and Sequencing Service Dog Behaviors

Training service dog in different environments - rocky steps

Once you have several tasks shaped, you will want to look at teaching your dog more complex tasks, that incorporate the shaped behaviors into chains or sequences. These two ways sound similar but they are quite different ways...

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Counter Conditioning

Desensitization and counter conditioning are often paired together to achieve better results.
For example, a dog that is afraid of bicycles can see them so far away that the dog barely notices them (desensitization). When the dog sees the bicycle, some delicious food can be offered (counter conditioning). Over time the dog can start to see the bicycle closer and closer (desensitization) and still continue to receive food, which will result in a better and more positive response (counter conditioning).