The process of operationalization takes a fuzzy concept or construct, and makes it clear… so that we can talk about it, we can measure it, and we can have internet arguments and know that we are talking about the same thing.
This is critical to dog training and animal behavior discussions where we are often using subjective terms to describe concepts like “enthusiasm” or “aggression”. These concepts can have different meanings to different people, based on their culture, life experience and learning history. And that’s ok! The important thing is to be able to define it: “When I say ‘ball feelings,’ I mean…” And then we are all on the same page.
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