What is your end goal?

When we are training how do we determine if we are training towards the end goal, or a part of the behaviour?

If I think about a horse learning to have a head collar on, or a dog learning to have a collar on. We tend to think of training for headcollar/collar on. We may even add in duration to the training plan, but is putting it on really the end goal? Or is taking it off safely without the learner panicking or pulling away from the object the end goal?

How does a shift in thinking about what we are really training for change the emotional impact on the learner?

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