I'm trying to follow and learn more about the DRO vs. DRO in Mackie's thread from Beth. So as not to take away from Mackie's thread, I thought I'd start a specific thread about DRA (Differential Reinforcement of An Alternate Behavior) to pick Beth's (and anyone else's) brain(s).
I was saying that to me, a DRA is sort of the same "redirecting" to another desired behavior, always in a positive way. The example I'll use:
Tootsie used to like to nip all the time (this is quite common & normal behavior for Hahn's Macaws BTW). To her nipping is/was a form of communication. I never scold her for nipping, however, when she was doing it a lot as a baby, I would try to "redirect" her to something even more appealing. I used to keep little baskets full of foot toys all over the house and offer them to her as a way to forage and chew or hold something. It worked quite well. She is not so nippy these days except during a molt, which I expect. Soooo.....Beth would the basket of goodies being offered serve as a DRA or "redirection?" I have a good friend that is a dog trainer and behaviorist, who also specializes is working with aggressive....I hear all of the lingo from her and sometimes want to roll my eyes b/c I prefer simpler terms...lol However, to read your explanation of the DRA, hopefully, I'm getting it.