Hierarchy of Behavior Change for Working Dogs with Dr. Susan Friedman

Today I have the joy of talking to Dr. Susan Friedman about the hierarchy of behavior change for dog training. This is so central to what we do – ensuring that our dogs are excellent at the work they do while maintaining the highest quality of life possible for them.

I am SO excited to get to this interview, but first I have to remind you all that our field vehicle repair fundraiser is ongoing. As I record, the van is getting repairs for several damaged cylinders as well as fuel injectors – costs will total around $16,000. Find that link in the show notes on K9Conservationists.org.

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  • Dr. Friedman intro
  • What is the hierarchy of behavior change?
  • What drove you to outline it?
  • How can we use this in working dog areas?
  • Why does it matter?
  • How do you address questions about efficacy, especially with working animals?
  • Can this actually enhance the quality of work that our dogs do, aside from just enhancing their quality of life?

Thank you so much for listening. I hope you learned a lot and are feeling inspired to get outside and be a K9 Conservationist in whatever way suits your passions and skill set. You can find show notes and extra information on this episode at K9Conservationists.org and support our field vehicle repairs at our GoFundMe page. Until next time!

Show Notes Here

In this episode of K9 Conservationists, Kayla and Dr. Susan Friedman discuss the hierarchy of behavior change with dogs. They discuss what it is and why it matters! 

  • What is the hierarchy of behavior change?
    Hierarchy of Behavior Change Outline
  • Why does it matter?
    It creates an effective outcome with the interventions being as unintrusive as possible to the learner.
  • Can this actually enhance the quality of work that our dogs do, aside from just enhancing their quality of life?
    • Short answer; YES! An enhancement in quality of life will lead to an enhancement in quality of every aspect in their like, including quality of work.

Links Mentioned in the Episode:

The Hierarchy & Trainer Skills

Effectiveness is Not Enough: this is a PDF on BehaviorWorks, just Google the phrase and you’ll find it. We can’t link it.

Where to find Dr. Susan Friedman:
Behavior Works

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