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J Appl Behav Anal. 2015 Dec;48(4):936-40. doi: 10.1002/jaba.241. Epub 2015 Aug 17.

Reducing pawing in horses using positive reinforcement.

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ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY.

Abstract

Aversive control is a common method to reduce undesirable behavior in horses. However, it often results in unintended negative side effects, including potential abuse of the animal. Procedures based on positive reinforcement, such as differential reinforcement of other behavior (DRO), may reduce undesirable behaviors with fewer negative consequences. The current study used DRO schedules to reduce pawing using a multiple baseline design across 3 horses. Results indicated that DRO schedules were effective at reducing pawing. However, individual differences in sensitivity to DRO and reinforcer efficacy may be important considerations.

KEYWORDS:

differential reinforcement of other behavior; horses; pawing; positive reinforcement; stereotypy

PMID:
26282112
DOI:
10.1002/jaba.241
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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