Look At That (LAT)
A game, detailed in Leslie McDevitt’s book Control Unleashed, which uses operant conditioning as part of a behavior modification protocol. The dog is marked and rewarded for looking at a trigger, which is far enough away that the dog does not feel anxious about it. The behavior of looking at the trigger can then be put on cue; this is said to relieve some of the dog’s anxiety as the trigger is then perceived to be part of a trick.
Putting looking at the trigger on cue is said to be good for behavior modification because it allows the dog to automatically refocus on the handler, making him less likely to react to the trigger.