Almost a Year

I’ve been planning to do a post to commemorate Lacey’s one year of being cancer free but a friend found out yesterday that her dog has cancer and I no longer feel like celebrating. We truly had the best experience one could have with this kind of diagnosis – 2 weeks and 2 operations later, and it was over and done with.  Most dogs aren’t that lucky, but I hope things turn out OK this time too.
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Solving A Problem With The ABCs

Cutie jumping up.

Let’s look at the ABCs series thus far, especially this post, and see how we can apply the ABCs to solving a real problem.

I started a new basic class this Saturday and a few of the dogs jump up when they meet people, as one might expect for adolescent dogs. In the following class hour, a Canine Good Citizen class, another adolescent had the same issue with the polite greeting test.

I like this problem as an example for the ABCs because the components in the formula are clear and easy to identify.

Antecedent -> Behavior -> Consequence

Person Approaches -> Dog jumps up onto person -> Attention is given to dog

The antecedent is "person approaches". It’s not "dog sees person." This is because the dog cannot be part of the antecedent. In more complex situations the tendency might be to describe an antecedent with the dog included such as "the dog sees another dog" but that won’t work since one of our most powerful measures in solving a problem is controlling the antecedents, either as part of a behavior modification plan or even permanently. It we put the dog in the antecedent we’ve lumped the problem together and solving it becomeS more complicated.

In this case we are going to control the antecedent in two ways: we are going to avoid greetings as much as possible until we can better control them, and while we are training we will carefully control how quickly people approach and how close they will come.

The behavior is the easiest component to identify. The dogs I worked with Saturday were all exuberant "teenagers" that love people and really want to let them know that when they meet them.

After our rather long talk about counter-conditioning and desensitization (go to the category page scroll down a bit) it is worth noting that when we see the relaxed/goofy body postures, wagging tails, and what most observers would call "happy dogs" we know that these dogs are not reacting to the approaching people with fear or aggression and that CC&DS is not what is called for. We don’t want to change how they feel about people, we want to change how they react to them.

The consequence is what often confuses people. For these dogs just getting to the people is reinforcing enough to maintain the behavior. Hugging someone who is holding up their hands and saying "Stop! Get off! Down! Enough!" isn’t reinforcing for us, but that’s not the point. It is for the dog and it is maintaining the behavior.

So how do we apply the formula to this problem?

I already mentioned controlling the antecedent. Obviously this is not a viable long-term strategy. Short term we need to curb greetings because the reinforcement is strengthening the behavior, but this is a temporary step.

In this case changing the consequence is tricky. The only way we could keep the "A" and the "B" and alter the outcome would be to make greeting people unpleasant, and this could have obvious side effects. If we teach the dog that greeting some people results in something bad, he will become wary and maybe even defensive around strangers.

But there is a way to manipulate the situation: if the dog (like most) makes it obvious that he will jump up before the person arrives, we can have them stop or move away when he does this. This is the common "red light/green light" or "yo-yo" drill that many trainers use in classes. Done effectively, it actually becomes a way to use DRI to fix this problem.

  1. Our dog is on leash, held by his owner. Sitting at his side.
  2. Person approaches, dog gets out of sit. Person turns (dramatically if possible) and walks away.
  3. Repeat several times.
  4. Eventually, person approaches, dogs holds sit! Person continues to approach. When very close dog gets up. Person moves away.
  5. Eventually, person approaches, dog holds sit all the way until person reaches team and can greet human.

This is obviously an ideal scenario, mainly because I didn’t want to write another 500 words just describing the scenario. (I need to film this with a green dog and then edit the heck out of it.)

By starting with a sit and using getting up it as the criteria for having the person move away we focused on what we wanted instead of what we didn’t want.

Sometimes having the handler reward the dog with food is appropriate. Sometimes it adds to the dog’s excitement and makes things worse. Sometimes it even takes the dog’s focus completely off the exercise. It depends. In this rosy scenario attention was the main reinforcer and I went with it.

How long did it take? With the dog in the CGC class I was able to actually do this procedure in a few minutes. But this was a dog that had already passed a basic class and had a strong history of reinforcement for sitting. Pick a behavior that your dog is already proficient at when using this kind of problem solving.

What problems have you had success with solving? What problems have you stumped? What do you think of this approach to problem solving? Let me know in the comments!

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Mite-M – Ik Mis Je

Mite-M – Ik Mis Je Download de officiele Mite-M Music Video app Like me on facebook: http…
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GIVEAWAY // Win a DIY Wire Cuff Bracelet Kit from YoolaDesign!

Win a DIY Wire Cuff Bracelet Kit from YoolaDesign and Bubby & Bean!

I know that I’m always excited to announce giveaways, but I’m especially thrilled about this one you guys.  That’s because the prize combines two of my absolute favorite things: jewelry and DIY projects! 

Designer Yael Falk uses a rare technique (involving a tiny crochet hook and her hands) to create gorgeous wire jewelry pieces that are sold in museum shops and on her website, YoolaDesign.  When describing her finished pieces, Yael says that “less is more” is her main design concept.  “I wish I could design with air, but since I can’t, I use thin, delicate wires to create clean, geometric jewelry that in some designs ‘cages’ air.”  How cool is that?! 

In addition to creating jewelry, Yael also runs workshops in her studio and designs DIY kits to teach her technique to others.  And now she’s offering Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win her Wire Crochet YoolaCuff Kit so one of you can create your own stunning cuff bracelet!  The kit is a $ 62 value and includes all of the following, packaged in a beautiful gift box: 

1. 1 CD with both a step-by-step video file and a written PDF tutorial
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4. 1 medium size ISK Starter Loom
5. tube clasp (8 looms)

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Cool Flea images

A few nice Flea images I found:

At the flea-market they don’t tell you about in the guide books

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A day at the Flea Market

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray {Book Review}

Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Finding Spiritual Whitespace” was a stunning and emotional filled journey as Bonnie Gray, shared raw emotions and memories of her childhood while inter-spacing her revelations with scripture and prompts to encourage the reader, themselves, to explore both biblical…

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Genuine Flea Circus

A sneak preview of Professor Cockerill’s Flea Circus; currently in training for performances in 2008. This is the first traditional Flea Circus to be perform…
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Black Friday 2013 $100 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/22

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Yes, it is approaching. Some people love it and some hate it. It's Black Friday and the sales will be mind blowing! Start it off right with an extra $ 100 in your pocket!

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3-D Dog T-shirts

How cool is this? From, 3-d pet face T-shirts. They have lots of different breeds, some dressed in military uniforms, plus a few cats, bunnies, and other critters. Prices start at $ 17.99 for adult sizes small to 3X. I love this idea! Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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