You Talkin' to Me? The ABC of Communication
As everyone sharing life with a non-human individual has experienced, animal companions learn to direct their communication efforts toward us readily. A simple bark, an extended tug, or a jump in the lap—it’s all communication. Behavior is communication, even if we don’t always recognize it or really understand what is being communicated. Behavior is a foreign language, open to interpretation and with the potential for a range of accuracy well beyond the vagaries of Google translate!
ABC stands for antecedent-behavior-consequence. This acronym is the basic unit for understanding the behavior of individuals—how animals use their behavior to impact their world and how their behavior, in turn, is shaped by these interactions. In this Session, Eva and Emelie explore how the ABC lens can help trainers tie together behavior with language and communication more powerfully, and how trainers can use training skills to enhance interspecies communication. This Session will:
- view animal-human communication through the ABC lens,
- use functional analysis as a tool for understanding what an animal is saying,
- examine teaching “request behaviors” (mands) to decrease problem behavior and increase quality of life,
- …and more!
Explore animal-human communication through an ABC viewpoint with Eva and Emelie!