This badge signifies the completion of the course Training Animals to Wait: Practical Application Deep Dive.
This course delves into the intricacies of waiting as a behavior, with the perspective that time is a valuable resource for both humans and animals. How your animal spends that time is important to them. They will do behaviors to make that time reinforcing with or without our assistance. However, we can reinforce behaviors that are emitted over time that we describe as waiting behaviors. Different schedules of reinforcement can have different effects on these waiting behaviors. Adjunctive behaviors can result because of schedules of reinforcement and little to do between reinforcement opportunities. This course addresses 10 key factors that can turn waiting into an aversive experience. However, armed with proactive strategies, animal caregivers can sidestep or mitigate these challenges. Learners gain a comprehensive understanding of the elements influencing waiting behaviors, differentiating between an aversive waiting experience and one that fosters the desired waiting behaviors.
This course takes 1 hour to complete.