What is Non-Associative Learning? – Sensitization and Habituation

by Niki Tudge Non Associative learning is when you are not pairing a stimulus with a behavior. Non-associative learning can be either habituation or sensitization. It is the simplest form of learning. Your reflexes are the relationship between a specific event and specific response. By nature, reflexes are stereotypic, but the strength of a reflex
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You CAN’T Reinforce Fear, But You CAN Help Take It Away.

 Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightning? I have heard and seen people advising pet guardians to ignore their dogs when they are frightened.  They are warned that paying attention to the dog will make them worse and lead to the dog being more fearful in future. This is nonsensical.  As long as you
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Help – My Puppy is a Land Shark!

Why Do Puppies Nip? Since puppies are born without hands, the only way they have to explore the world is with their mouths.  And you may have noticed that your puppy is quite the explorer.  Everything goes into those little mouths, including your fingers, and those baby teeth are like little needles.  Ouch! It’s completely
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A Conversation with a Beagle

    I have just had the pleasure of two gorgeous girls enjoying a mini DogSmith Vacation with me.  The following is a conversation I had with the eldest girl on their last day of stay, after a short training session: DogSmith: “All finished.” Beagle: “What do you mean all finished? I think you have
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A Simple Explanation of Respondent Conditioning

As a dog training professional many of your clients will present behavioral or training challenges that are a result of an emotional response, a problematic emotional response. The observable behavior you see, the operant behavior is elicited because the dog is afraid, scared, anxious etc.  To change the problematic operant behavior you have to change
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