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Published on Jan 8, 2013
A video account of how Diesel's reactive behaviour to scooters was changed using systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning. PLEASE NOTE: The video also shows how quickly it was possible to revert to reinforcing an alternative behaviour i.e using consequence driven methods. Respondent and Operant conditioning seldom occur in isolation.
Because people are interested in how long this took, here's a summary: Each session was guided by the dog. No more than 30 minutes. Some were about 15 or 20 minutes. If we went longer than thirty, it was broken up. If the dog appeared stressed, we stopped (but we were very careful not to put the dog in a situation where this occurred.) Here's a comment I posted earlier about how long it took: "It's hard to work out a total amount of time but I guess an average could be worked out. It took 9 sessions (8 really, since the last was testing to make sure it all came together) Actual sessions were dictated by Diesel-anything from 15 minutes to 30 of actual scooter time. So you could say it took minimum of 2:15 hours to a maximum 4:30 hours. We took our time, let Diesel have a sniff in the park whilst setting up.It was actually a lot of fun."