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Oct. 11th, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm not sure who she's running into in training situations, but I'm finding that even my most "pet people" students easily understand this concept, if not apply it across the board. (I still have plenty who want to shout NO! at every little thing, but we're working on it.)

She touches on it briefly at the end, but I believe a huge force in reward-based training is the concept of trust... the trust the animal develops in the trainer that working with the human is going to be "rewarding" fun or at least low-stress. I see it often in dog sports where you can just tell the dog doesn't really "trust" the handler and if something happens on course you can see them fold into themselves because what they do trust is that they're going to be disciplined, or at least NRM.

Consistent rewards that come for even "just trying" builds the dog's trust in the process. The fact that reward are "rewarding" seems a bit redundant, but it does all just flow back to Pavlov and the fact that if you consistently give a dog something he likes (even just for listening to the sound of a bell), he will understand that good things come in this manner.

My favorite part tho, is the trust. A dog that trusts you is a dog willing to work with you, and sometimes to do amazing things.
Oct. 15th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Ok, now i finally have a few minutes to read it... but i can tell you I never said No until this summer and I say it all the time now and its terrible. No Razz you are not allowed on the table, No Razz you can't chew any number of household items--I just gave you a bullystick, a rabbits ear, and trachea, No Razz you can not follow me up these outside open stairs with no railing, No Razz do not eat our dinner out of the serving dish on the counter, No Razz do not eat the cat poop or drink my coffee, No Razz your toes are going to get caught under my shovel if you keep frantically trying to dig where I am digging, No Razz you will hurt yourself climbing out of the 42 inch Xpen screaming like a banshee when I am working with Stella, no Matilda do not "go after" and nail Razz when he is playing with the other dogs or if he innocently picks up your ball, No No No Joey you are not allowed to grab Razz or Stell's legs to take them down, No Joey you can not play rough with Razz and Stel because you are jealous or pissed off over a toy or bed or something (the vet bills were substantial this summer) no no no no no. it was a very stressful summer... ok, I'm gonna read about being positive now
Oct. 15th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
There is a woman in one of my classes and it always amazes me that her dogs most rewarding reward is a fast affectionate nose touch after a run...
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