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Title: DAY 2 Science-Based Dog Training with Feeling

When: Ongoing

Where: Online


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Day 2 - Transcending Reinforcement Schedules, Going Way Beyond “Dominance” and Punishment and Rekindling the Relationship This seminar presents many exciting new concepts: How, by using our voice, we can transcend laboratory-generated learning theory. How to better motivate dogs for happy and willing compliance. How to use life rewards, interactive games and even “behavior problems” as rewards. How to empower mega secondary reinforcers. How to effectively reduce and eliminate undesirable behavior and non-compliance by using just our voice and not even having to raise it. Essentially, how to make training easier, quicker, more enjoyable and much more effective. Understanding the practical application and constraints of the principles of learning theory is essential for continually improving the reliability, speed and quality of responses. If we don’t effectively apply these basic principles, clients and their dogs will have difficulty learning. And if dogs are slow to learn, their owners become frustrated and often resort to physical and/or aversive “punishment”. Learning Theory was laboratory-generated from studies in which computers trained captive rats and pigeons using food and shock, which, of course, is a very different from people training dogs off-leash and at a distance, i.e., with many distractions and with many options. Not surprisingly therefore, when people train dogs, learning theory has many constraints in practice; the more powerful reinforcement schedules are impossible to implement and punishment is notoriously ineffective and hardly sufficient for what we need to accomplish. Continuous, fixed interval and fixed ratio reinforcement schedules are pretty ineffective at maintaining reliable responding and make it difficult to phase out food rewards. Variable interval and variable ratio schedules fare better but none of these schedules improve the quality of behavior. More relevant though, few people can compute ongoing variable schedules an

Sponsor: James & Kenneth Publishers

Speaker(s): Dr. Ian Dunbar PhD BvetMed MRCVS

Contact: James Dunbar
 Phone: 8007845531