Successful modification of many behavior problems requires the use of rehearsal and staging techniques. Rehearsal involves having a dog master and repeatedly perform behavioral components needed for some later situation or remote context not present at the time of training. Although the situation or context itself may not be represented during rehearsal, each of the behaviors required can be independently shaped and ordered in the specific sequence needed. For instance, a socially overexuberant dog can be taught more appropriate manners independently of the presence of an actual guest. Of course, the actual situation when the guest arrives will be much more strained and charged than when the dog is home alone with the owner. it is important, therefore, that conditions be staged that more closely resemble the actual greeting as training proceeds. The effectiveness of rehearsal depends to a large extent on positive transfer and generalization. Staging allows previously rehearsed behavior to be performed under more natural conditions before exposing the dog to the actual situation. in the case of greeting behavior, someone familiar to the dog can play the role of the guest, making repeated entrances and exits under the control and direction of the trainer or owner. Rehearsal and staging have many applications in a broad variety of training and problem-solving situations, ranging from separation distress and fears to severe aggressive behavior.
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