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But Isn’t it Punishment to Withhold the Treat?

Lots and lots of people think that if you withhold the treat you are punishing the dog. Some will ask the above question in a gleeful, challenging way, feeling certain that they have caught the positive reinforcement based trainers in … Continue reading

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Shaping and Stress

This is an expansion of a post about a possible cause of stress in shaping that I sent to the Training Levels Yahoo group. Shaping involves extinction. That is, ceasing to reward something that has been repeatedly rewarded. In the … Continue reading

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