The Power of Pattern: Counter Conditioning Games with an Operant Twist
Learn the power of Pattern Games, a set of exercises designed specifically to empower dogs to initiate their own counter-conditioning procedure. Pattern Games combine the power of operant conditioning with counter-conditioning.
Why patterns? Dogs learn best within a clear and comfortable rule structure that involves a flow of feedback between learner and trainer. Patterns offer dogs this structure, or system of rules, they can operate while feeling safe. From the safety of patterns, dogs learn to function well and feel relaxed around things they worry about. Patterns are also easy for both dogs and trainers to learn, and allow for creativity, as any short, repetitive behavior chain can be transformed into a new pattern game. Your dog can make up his own!