Category Archives: Dogs and prey

Summer’s Turtle Diary

I was reminded again this week of the awesome olfactory capabilities of dogs. My dog Summer has a passion for turtles. Passion is maybe not the right word. Fixation, love-hate relationship. She wants to get them and chew them up. … Continue reading

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The Perils of Premature Premack

Sacrilege! Is it possible that in some cases, using the Premack principle in choosing reinforcement for our dogs is not the best choice? Can attempting Premack cause problems?1)*A technicality, but it’s important. Notice I haven’t said “Premack didn’t work.” That’s … Continue reading

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Posted in Arousal, Dog body language, Dogs and prey, Operant conditioning, Premack Principle, Reinforcement | Tagged , , , , , | 27 Comments