The Cognitive Revolution and Everyday Dog Training: Cognitively Modified Counterconditioning™

by Laura Donaldson

Like many dog training professionals, I have frequently used counterconditioning as a behavior modification technique. It is important to note, however, that all behavior in human as well as non-human animals is cognitively mediated, i.e., filtered through the information processing mechanisms of perception, learning, memory, and decision making. In my previous essay, I examined how the emergent knowledge about these cognitive mechanisms might change how one implements the protocol known as Look at That….