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Key to Common Abbreviations

OC/Clicker Abbreviations

ABA - Applieb Behavior Analysis
BA - Behavior Analysis
CC - classical conditioning
CR - conditioned reinforcer
CRF - continuous schedule of reinforcement
C/T - click/treat
KGS - keep going signal
NRM - no reward marker
OC - Operant conditioning
P+ - positive punishment
P- - negative punishment
R+ - positive reinforcement
R- - negative reinforcement
SD - discrimulative stimulus (cue)
VSR - variable schedule of reinforcement

For definitions to these and other clicker training terms, check out the clicker training glossary.

CU- Control Unleashed, book and video by Leslie McDevitt, general approach involves teaching dog (and handler!) to remain relaxed in various situations, and to reframe scary/stressful situations into "games" that are familiar and not stressful.

LAT- Look At That, a game in CU that helps a dog deal with scary or overstimulating situations.

CAT- Constructional Aggression Treatment, approach by Kellie Snider and Jesus Gonzalez Ruiz that uses removal of the scary stimulus as reinforcement for demonstrating appropriate progressively relaxed/friendly behavior. Shaping using negative reinforcement. Requires organized, controlled access to the scary stimulus, so that it can be removed in a timely manner when the dog demonstrates some level of decreased aggression or relaxation, requiring very good observation skills.

BAT- Behavior Adjustment Treatment, approach coined I believe by Grisha Stewart of Ahimsa Dog Training, that incorporates use of lots of positive reinforcement and counter-conditioning to change aggressive behavior.

Dog Breed Abbreviations

(generally add an "s" for plurals)

AB - American Bulldog
ACD - Australian Cattle Dog
Amstaff - American Staffordshire Terrier
Appy - Appenzeller Sennehund or Appenzel Mountain Dog (or Swiss Cattle Dog)
ASD - Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Aussie - Australian Shepherd
BC or Border - Border Collie
BMD or Berner - Bernese Mountain Dog
Beardie - Bearded Collie
Bichon - Bichon Frise
BT - Bull Terrier OR Border Terrier
Cardi - Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cav or CKCS - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chessy - Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Cocker - Cocker Spaniel
Dal or Dally - Dalmation
Dobe - Doberman Pinscher
Duck-Toller - Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever
EBT - English Bull Terrier (see also BT)
Entle - Entlebucher Sennehund or Entelbuch Mountain Dog (or Swiss Cattle Dog)
Eskie - American Eskimo [Dog]
ESS - English Springer Spaniel
Foxie - Fox Terrier
GH or Grey - Greyhound
GR or Golden - Golden Retriever
GS - Giant Schauzer
GS[D] - German Shepherd [Dog]
GSMD or Swissie - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
GSP - German Shorthaired Pointer
GWP - German Wirehaired Pointer
IG or Iggy- Italian Greyhound
IW - Irish Wolfhound
JRT - Jack Russell Terrier
KCS - King Charles Spaniel
Kom - Komondor
Lab - Labrador Retriever
LGD - Livestock guard dog
LM - Large Munsterlander
Mal - Alaskan Malamute OR Malinois (Belgian Shepherd)
Min Pin - Minature Pinscher
Newf[ie] - Newfoundland
OEM - Old English Mastiff
OES - Old English Sheepdog
Pap - Papillon
PBGV - Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
PBT - Pit Bull Terrier
Peek - Pekingese
Pom - Pomeranian
Pu - Puli
PWD or Portie- Portugese Water Dog
Pyr - Great Pyrenees

Rottie - Rottweiler
RR - Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saint - St. Bernard
SBT or Staffy - Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Scottie - Scottish Terrier
SCWT or Wheaten - Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Sheltie - Shetland Sheepdog
Silky - [Australian] Silky Terrier
SM - Small Munsterlander
Springer - English (or Welsh) Springer Spaniel
Terv - Tervuren (Belgian Shepherd)
Weim - Weimaraner
Westie - West Highland Terrier
Yorkie - Yokshire Terrier
Zoi - Borzoi

Common Internet Abbreviations

DH - Darling husband (or darn husband)
DW - Darling wife
LOL - laughing out loud
JMHO - Just my humble opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IMHO - In my humble opinion
FWIW - for what it's worth
BTDT - been there done that
ROTF - rolling on the floor (laughing)
LMHO - laughing my head off
OT - Off topic

ROTFLMHO - rolling on the floor laughing my head off
ROTFLMAO - rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
BTW - by the way
*EG* - evil grin
*G* - grin
*S* - smile
TIA - thanks in advance
THX - thanks


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