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Related to Split the [behavior] Tag? , but not specific to splitting the behavior tag. This is a more thought-out proposal, with backing evidence.

Someone asks a question about stopping or preventing a behavior or action. It inevitably gets tagged either or both "behavior" and "training".

There are general questions about animal behavior.

There are general questions about training (includes "trick training", which is not its own tag):

We have toilet-training

We have leash-training (one example of many)

And there are questions intended to stop or prevent a behavior. They tend to be tagged both "behavior" and "training". These regard non-existent tag behavioral-training:

I think creating a "behavioral-training" (or similar; "training-behavior") tag and removing "behavior" and "training" tags from these questions (unless truly needed to embellish them) would help properly classify these "how do I stop this behavior" questions.

Yes / no / maybe / abstain / cowboyneal?

  • I like this more. I'm still a little on the fence about what's general training and what's behavioral-training. I like the idea of behavioral training, but it's a very fuzzy border for me between the two. – Spidercat Feb 22 '14 at 2:10
  • Of the general training examples, "corporal punishment" is about training in general, "How do I crate" is not behavioral (you're not training out a bad behavior), "How hard ... parrot" is asking about difficulty, "kitten to climb" and "training a cat to do tricks" are tricks. The ones under behavioral are elimination of negative behaviors. – JoshDM Feb 22 '14 at 3:12
  • I think "want to understand this confusing behaviour" and "want to stop this undesired behaviour" are distinct enough (and each, individually, large enough) to warrant different tags. I'm not sure what you would call those tags though to make it clear. – starsplusplus Feb 27 '14 at 11:05
  • I agree training is way too large but the different types will come as the experts in those training areas come. How about unwanted - behavior? – Beth Whitezel Feb 27 '14 at 15:21
  • I would consider house-training, but that may get confused with toilet/litter training. It strikes me, though, that it's about socialization still and that's a form of general training. I don't really have an answer, but if people wouldn't naturally select a tag, then having it makes it a burden and the value becomes suspect. – John Cavan Mar 1 '14 at 15:53
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I just noticed the tag wiki for is:

Training includes correcting problematic behavior and teaching a pet new behavior or habits.

Would that suggest that the proper tag we would use is the training tag, not the behavior tag?

  • Or alternatively, would we need to update the training tag? – Spidercat Apr 8 '14 at 20:15

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