The Fade-In Protocol


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Fade-In is a subtle training strategy that focusses on providing the learner with every chance of success where there is a risk of disruption from the environment.

Essentially, individual behaviours, and behaviour chains are built and become strongly reinforced. I term these the Base Behaviour. The potential disruption is faded-in gradually without have an impact on this base behaviour.

In my experience dogs are exceptional well equiped to choose between  reinforcement opportunities: those are possible and those that are reliable. We build a long history of being reliable.

Once a disruptor has been filed away as “possible” then not responding to it when reliable opportunties are available in other behaviours is generalised well.

This takes on a hierarchy on a scale of possibilities. When the reliably reinforced behaviour is no longer cued, the dog may well investigate the possible disruptor.

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