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It’s Not Just Behavior Modification

By |2022-03-17T11:50:22-04:00March 24th, 2022|Categories: Behavior Modification, Dog training|

Talking About Training It's not uncommon to hear trainers talking about using behavior modification to train. It's likely due to habit and a lack of familiarity with the progression in the ways we use operant conditioning to teach new skills. Behavior modification refers to some of the early, basic and often unethical practices based on the Law of Effect. This led to simplistic, and sometimes ...

Drive Is A Figure Of Speech

By |2022-01-24T12:45:56-05:00February 27th, 2021|Categories: Behavior Modification, Dog training|

When I think about all the different dog breeds, and the way people talk about them-this breed being more challenging, more driven, more one thing or another compared to others- it's helpful to bring it back to behavior and reinforcement. Different breeds find certain activities or consequences to be more or less reinforcing. When we decide to take on a certain breed, we are, ...

Don’t Use Shock Collars For Sound Phobias

By |2022-01-17T22:35:26-05:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Aversive Training, Behavior Modification, Dog training|Tags: , , , , , |

Years ago, before the rise in podcasts I was asked to be part of a radio show featuring 3 dogs trainers. The show was being recorded for broadcasting at a later date. As soon as it was over I told the host I did not want to be part of the program. Luckily for me (and potential listeners) there were problems with the recording and ...