Monday, July 26, 2010
Dog Behavior Workshop 3
Introduction to basic K9 learning theory:
Thorndike's Law of Effect (1911) "Behaviors just prior to a pleasant event are more likely to be repeated; behaviors just prior to unpleasant events are more likely to diminish."
Positive Reinforcement: Think of this as a + sign, adding something to your dogs environment that increases the likelihood of a desired behavior re-occurring in the future.
Remember, love is all you need. When looking for a trainer, look for one that uses a heaping scoop of positive reinforcement with a very small side of negative punishment. Never use positive punishment on a dog!
Pavlov's classical conditioning followed by B.F. Skinner:
Positive reinforcement +R
Negative reinforcement -R
Positive Punishment +P
Negative Punishment -P