Animals in Control – Start-Button Case Studies
“Start-button” behaviors are behaviors that a learner can use to direct the pace and progress of a procedure. For example, a dog that nods her head as a “yes” for a teeter to go bang, a child who initiates a nose spray medication dose through flaring her nostrils, and a giraffe indicating that he is ready for tactile work are all examples of start-button behaviors.
Start buttons are integral pieces of training philosophy, and have been highlighted in the last few years at ClickerExpo conferences. They provide greater control to animals over aspects of the training process, elevate the level of dialogue between the animals and the trainer, enhance the overall level of trust, and improve results. Emelie and Eva help you learn the details of start buttons, case by case.
In this Session, Emelie and Eva will conduct an in-depth exploration of start buttons through case studies that stretch over 20 years and showcase the variety and depth of start-button training in different venues and species. Though the case studies, you’ll gain insight about how trainers work with goal setting, about training strategies, and if you should/how to implement a start-button behavior. Session structures, desensitization protocols, choice of reinforcers and reinforcement procedures, implementing “stop-button” behaviors, and more are all presented and discussed.
Join Emelie and Eva and become inspired to continue the journey of enhancing learner control—no matter the venue, no matter the species! This Session will include case studies, video examples, and storytelling.
Please note: This Session was recorded in 2019; content presented in 2020 may vary slightly.