Monthly Archives: March 2012

Stimulus Control

We’ve talked about reinforcement, extinction, and punishment.  The last of the main behavioral principles is stimulus control. Behaviors are said to be under stimulus control when there is an increased probability that the behavior will occur as a result of … Continue reading

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Punishment…the Scientific Definition

Another one of the main principles of operant conditioning is punishment.  Punishment…ugh.  How I wish Skinner would have named it something else when he was defining the terms.  My guess is as Skinner worked in his lab with pigeons, he … Continue reading

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We’ve talked about using reinforcement to change behavior.  Extinction is another operant (learned) method that can be used to change the behavior of people or animals. Extinction is when a behavior that was previously reinforced is no longer reinforced, and … Continue reading

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Will Work for Food: Reinforcement

Reinforcement is when a behavior, followed by a consequent stimulus, is strengthened or becomes more likely to occur again. Positive reinforcement: good things will come your way.  A positive reinforcer is a stimulus that, when presented following a behavior, makes … Continue reading

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The Basics of Behavior

This week is behavior week on the Citizen Canine blog. When it comes to training animals or people, it helps to have a basic understanding of the science of behavior.  Because modern day dog trainers are more sophisticated than ever … Continue reading

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Survey Results: What Are Your Training Goals?

Reading the survey results made me feel honored to be associated with all of you who read the blog. It’s clear that we have top-notch trainers here, dog owners who are committed to learning new skills, and instructors who continually … Continue reading

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A Club’s Goal to Train German Shepherd Dogs

Here’s a great case of an AKC Specialty (for one breed only) club that had a goal. Lisa Marie Fortier, a Canine Good Citizen evaluator and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy instructor, wrote to tell us about wonderful work being done by … Continue reading

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