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"Get a Cue" - Creating stimulus control with discrimination with Yvette Van Veen

  • Sunday, January 10, 2016
  • 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • 1:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Presented by Yette Van Veen

CEU's: PPAB 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5

Join Yvette for this webinar that delves into creating stimulus control over learned behaviors in dog training is a planned process - a distinct element in the training plan. Not all cues are the same. Not all behaviors respond similarly to different types of cues. How we choose and present our cues (commands) can lead to blocking, overshadowing, peak shift and suppression - things that stand in the way of achieving that stimulus control.

Learn how to offer clarity to the dog, to help them better see and understand when to perform certain behaviors. Equally important, teach them when not to perform certain behaviors. Whether you want a dog that only shakes a paw when asked (instead of scraping your arm in repeated pestering attempts to get a cookie), or whether you want to create an environmental cue that applies across many situations (see someone approaching - move to heel) - a better understanding of how learning factors into stimulus control can give greater control over reinforced behaviors.

Webinar Objectives

  • Definition of stimulus control.
  • How to assess if and how a behavior is under stimulus control.
  • Discrimination as a function of "expertness." Generalization as the absence of learning.
  • Not all cues condition as readily as others. Some behaviors and reinforcements fit better with certain cues than others.
  • Factors that undermine or interfere with creating stimulus control - looking at peak shift and cue suppression, blocking and overshadowing.
  • Creating environmental cues.
  • Generalizing cues and behaviors.
  • Compound cues vs specific elements of cues. Does the animal notice the whole of the cue, or individual elements?

About Your Presenter

Yvette Van Veen PCT-A

Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

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