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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Keep your four-legged family members safe and healthy during the holiday season.

  There are many new things happening around the house during the holiday season, visitors coming and going, new scents from holiday decorations, yummy edibles around the house and road trips to grandma. As pet parents, getting ready for the holiday season, you need to be aware of potential hazards the holidays may present to
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The LAB System – A Suitable Humane Approach Without A Hierarchy for Force-Free Pet Trainers

There are several versions of the Humane Hierarchy around and available for dog trainers and behavior consultants to use and reference. Some of these humane hierarchy models are accompanied by pages of explanation, detail and academic citations. Others are wonderfully graphic and detail each level of the hierarchy  and the progression direction. For me constructing
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Type – Delete – Reset. Manage your social media activity. Your friendships, business and mental health deserve it!

I spend about an hour each day, broken down into short time periods, on social Media. Most of my postings are on Facebook and Twitter as I prefer these two platforms.  Many of my business posts are done remotely through a social media software and are scheduled in advance. But, each AM, mid-day and PM,
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A Dog’s Hierarchy of Rewards

In 2014, I published a blog post entitled Jambo’s Hierarchy of Rewards in which I discussed the different reinforcers I use when training and the ‘value’ they have for my learner.  In my article entitled Rewards and Positive Reinforcement Consequences, I discussed the meaning of rewards versus reinforcement. In this article I would like to
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Rewards and Positive Reinforcement Consequences

The language we use when discussing our training methods can sometimes be slightly misleading.  Much discussion is given to the use of terms such as force-free, rewards based and positive reinforcement.  Sometimes there will be shared-meaning and at other times, these terms will be used and attributed to diametrically opposed training methods.  The words ‘reward’
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