Anticipation – Using Time Outs versus Stops

February 18, 2014


“A common flaw in stimulus-controlled behavior is anticipation: Once the cue has been learned, the subject is so eager to offer the behavior that it acts before the cue has actually been given” (Pryor, 1984, 1999). I prefer to use the training correction “stops” given the context is connected with actively training dogs versus using timeouts for social corrections. There are inherent differences between the two types of context and use. To avoid confusion and provide consistent feedback between dog and owner/handler, understanding when, why, where, and for what reason should be considered at all times. Dogs learn best when provided clear rules concerning their behavioral responses, doing this avoids anxiety produced when any subject is unsure about any consequences that may result from their behavior. This also explains why using punishment, especially incorrectly, can cause serious learning deficits.

Clever Hans the wonderhorse

February 13, 2014


  At the turn of the last century, a horse named Hans was thought capable of complex intellectual tasks such as arithmetic, reading, spelling, telling time and even understanding the German language. Hans, der Kluge Hans, or clever Hans as he is more commonly known, was owned by a Mathematics teacher from Berlin, Wilhelm von Osten. […]

Manners Minder Get On Your Bed!

February 12, 2014


Using A Manners Minder to Train Dogs This demonstration was designed to only be a quick video so clients could see an alternative way to train “get on your mat”, in this case, it was get on your bed and stay, until released. Boudicca, my Jack Russell is already trained to do this behavior. I […]

Death of Marius the giraffe reveals cultural differences in animal conservation

February 11, 2014


Death of Marius the giraffe reveals cultural differences in animal conservation AUTHOR Robert Young Professor of Wildlife Conservation at University of Salford DISCLOSURE STATEMENT Robert Young does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations. Provides funding […]

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Why I didn’t renew my APDT membership!

February 8, 2014


Why it was ethically and professionally necessary to give up this membership. APDT, changed their name from Association Pet Dog Trainers to Association Professional Dog Trainers during calendar year 2013, and the changes made to membership status effectively eliminated any/all means for identifying a dog trainer by their qualifications. This is truly a disservice to […]

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“The Misbehavior of Organisms”

February 5, 2014


The Misbehavior of Organisms was published by Keller & Marian Breland after about 14 years of continued observation and training of thousands of animals. In the paper they questioned Skinner’s allegedly exhaustive classification of behavior into two types namely; Type S and Type R. But the Brelands’ stress that there are behaviors' which are neither S nor R types, instead they are instinctive or species specific. In other words, these instinctive behaviors are not under the control of reinforcements.


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