When was the last time someone asked you how you trained your dog, or which behaviors you thought were most important to train? As trainers, it's important we have a model, or global perspective, from which to work.
While each dog is an individual, and all training scenarios are unique, without a framework from which to approach behavior change, our efforts can fall short.
There are many ways to interpret and to change our dogs’ behavior. Some of these interpretations, or models, are more useful to us as trainers than others.
Mental models are frameworks that help you understand how things work, or ways that you think about the world. In my experience, the most useful way for animal behavior consultants to interpret and change behavior is by using the model of applied behavior analysis, or ABA.