Instead of sending him to his crate, you might try counter conditioning
him to do another, more active behavior like stand on his hind legs and dance or run to a chair and jump on it.
An effective treatment for fears and phobias is a behavioural technique called "desensitisation and counter conditioning
Those felines who already have negative associations with a carrier will likely take longer--in some instances, months longer--before successful counter conditioning
The second group are behavioural processes which focused on behaviours and reinforcement factors and often used in the action and maintenance stages including helping relationship, self-liberation, counter conditioning
, stimulus control and reinforcement management.
In the long term, desensitisation and counter conditioning
have been shown to be safe and effective methods for treating sound sensitivities.
Also useful in mild cases of reactivity for building a new, improved response to the trigger, is operant counter conditioning
: when in the presence of the trigger, the dog is asked to perform a specific behavior that is incompatible with the unwanted behavior.
In counter conditioning
, if the cat is afraid of something, perhaps the sound of the garage door opening, give a treat just as he begins to hear the sound so he can associate the scary sound with something pleasant.
The second type, behavioral processes of change, includes: stimulus control (restructuring the organizational goals), helping relationships (indentifying and requesting support), counter conditioning
(replacing previous actions with new procedures), reinforcement management (recognizing rewards from the change and implementing additional rewards to reinforce the change), and self liberation (making a permanent commitment to continue in the new direction).
For example, the data show that individuals in the Precontemplation stage emphasize Consciousness Raising, Dramatic Relief, and Environmental Reevaluation; individuals in Contemplation emphasize Self-Reevaluation; individuals in Preparation emphasize Self-Liberation; and individuals in Action emphasize Reinforcement Management, Helping Relationships, Counter Conditioning
, and Stimulus Control to sustain changes (Prochaska et al., 1992).
Houpt says try counter conditioning
him to do something incompatible with jumping up such as going to a certain place.
is teaching the cat a behavior incompatible with aggression, such as playing with a toy or lying down or simply sitting watching the owner.