Animals in Control: "Start Button" Case Studies
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“Start-button” behaviors are behaviors that are taught to an animal partner to direct the pace and progress of another behavior or procedure. For example, a dog that learns to nod “yes” to indicate he’s ready to start the teeter movement, a horse indicating that the ferrier may pick up his foot, a cat ready to start a pairing procedure of vacuum cleaner = goodies, and a giraffe indicating that he is ready for tactile work are all start-button behaviors.
Start buttons are an integral piece within the training philosophy, highlighted in the last few years at ClickerExpo conferences. They provide greater control to the animals themselves over aspects of the training process, elevate the level of dialog between the animals and the trainer, enhance the 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 uses of start-button training in different venues and species. In the cases studies, you’ll learn how trainers work with concepts such as goal-setting, and to choose if and how to implement a start-button behavior. Selecting specific teaching strategies and session structures, designing desensitization protocols, choosing reinforcers, selecting the placement of rewards, 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, story-telling, and opportunity for questions.