Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Joy of Training With Food

Thank you to Debbie Jacobs, who pointed out that many training videos do not include the important moment when the trainer feeds her dog. We need to see more of that.  Training your dog with food is not only effective. … Continue reading

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Posted in Enrichment, Food reinforcers, Training philosophy, Why Use Positive Reinforcement? | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

Don’t Be Callous: How Punishment Can Go Wrong

This post includes discussion of animal experimentation from the 1950s and 1960s using shock. It is unpleasant to contemplate. But to me, it makes it even worse that the knowledge gained by those studies is not widely known. Studying that … Continue reading

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Posted in Aversive stimulus, Behavior Science, Operant conditioning, Punishment | Tagged , | 19 Comments

Being Open-Minded About Training

Has anyone ever accused you of being “closed-minded” because you base your training on positive reinforcement? It’s pretty common. Some people come right out and say it. Others imply it by going on about their own open-mindedness. Here is a … Continue reading

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Training philosophy | Tagged , | 25 Comments