Behaviour 2019
What Are Key Behaviors to Address in Training a New Dog? (Hint: Most of Them are NOT the Dog’s)
Matthew D. Gross1,2, Richard T. Cook2. 1Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, United States; 2Applied Behavioral Medicine Associates, Hershey, PA, United States

Multiple behaviors, overt and private, must be emitted by the owner/trainer in the process of training a dog, beginning with the selection of the dog. Successfully "training" a new dog is a function of mindfulness of their own behaviors by the dog's "people," and their ability to manage those behaviors in the context of the interactions with the dog. Interactions with other animals, and with owners of other animals, as well as the intersection of the dog and the environment...either at home or out in the world encountered when going for a walk become the real world of maintenance, generalization, and discrimintation of dog behavior. Interactions with other humans can be a threat to the consistency needed in the early phases of training. The owner should develop the skills to quickly teach other interacting humans what they should or should not do. To the extent the owner understands and can consistently apply principles of behavior to both himself and the dog, it can help make for more consistent and enjoyable training for the dog and human alike. This presentation will highlight domains of human behaviors which need to be shaped when adopting and training a new dog.