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Do you find that the value of what (not whatever just what) you reward with goes up when you reward with it?

Like I don't mean starting with something that has no value. Or negative value. But say something of average and above?


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Jul. 31st, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)
I think so, because that reward means all kinds of fun stuff is going to happen. I used one particular type of toy to reward the dogs when playing agility, and they only got it when we played agility. So when I would bring that toy out, all hell would break loose because they were about to play agility!!! And it wasn't that exciting of a toy, just one of those canvas tugs, but it became Merc and Slider's favorite. Steamy did not care for that toy, his special toy was a soft frisbee. I would say that this is the essence of a conditioned reinforcer.

Edited at 2016-07-31 06:37 pm (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
I know a woman who for agility uses a "schmatte" just this tiny little dirty torn bit of a rag with a knot in it, whole thing fits in the palm of her hand, and her dog goes BANANAS over it.
I can't imagine it had any value at all before she added play to it

Jul. 31st, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
What were you rewarded with as a kid?
Aug. 1st, 2016 05:56 am (UTC)
I honestly do not remember. Good question!
Jul. 31st, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
For Badger, very much so. For Pan hell no, never seen it. Javelin... Yeah I suppose kibble is a good example of that. No dog should be as excited about kibble as Jav is, it's gotta be a conditned reinforcer
Jul. 31st, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
Ha! Yeah I couldn't get Razz to get real excited about kibble... Even stinky kibble... But I think when we took Tammys startline class the value of the startline went up because we used these spikey balls and then when the value of the startline went up with anticipation for it, the value of the spikey balls took another quantum leap...

I think Razz would break into a Petco and steal all the spikey balls if he could

So do you remember what you were rewarded with as a kid
Jul. 31st, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
You can blame Tammy when he does :p

Gosh I don't know, I think praise for being smart.
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