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Avoidance is a form of escape behavior present in animals in which the subject evades an aversive event. This can be due to anxiety or a frightening situation.

Avoidance response's are also used in animal training and are the commonly expected response to behavioural modification using negative reinforcement.

Common examples of avoidance responses are:

Horse's submit to the bit (slowing or stopping) in order to avoid the pressure or pain that the bit causes in their mouth if it is pulled upon.

A dog learns to walk quietly at a handlers side in order to avoid the action of a choke chain.


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