Generalisation to Other Environments

Dogs are very contextual learners, which means that you can teach them a skill in one environment and when you ask for it in a different environment, they look at you blankly. 

Does that sound familiar? 

There is a process to learning and we all go through it: 

  1.  Acquisition – the student is beginning to learn the new skill or concept. 
  2.  Fluency – the student can perform the skill with faster responses
  3.  Generalisation – the student can perform the skill quickly in various environments with distractions
  4.  Maintenance – the teacher continues to reinforce the fastest and most accurate responses in various environments over time

Let’s talk about generalising behaviours to different environments so that the skills you’re learning with your dog can be performed at the vet clinic or the grooming salon.