Posts tagged with: reward-based training

  Most of us in animal welfare have a pretty negative conditioned emotional response to the word “tether.” It evokes images of emaciated dogs in filthy yards attached to heavy chains. In most cities, animal laws preclude owners from keeping...
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If you’ve read the previous 3 pieces in this series and/or follow our Facebook page, you know that we have a strong bias towards reward-based training. As with any bias that a person holds, we believe ours to be the...
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When this weekend brought yet another fresh layer of snow, I forced myself to try to come up with one positive thing to say about it. Because, wow, have I had enough of this winter. A positive spin was incredibly...
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Every animal is as invested in their lives as you are in yours. Expecting anyone to relinquish their hopes, dreams or preferences just because you want them to seems a bit self-centered. That we have created animals who have to...
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Jamie and I had the following conversation the other day: Me: Did I tell you about the Farm Bill dog fighting thing yet? Jamie: Nope. Me: Well, there’s a provision that says it is now a federal crime to attend...
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We are super stoked to bring you our new feature, “Trainer Spotlight.” Because our mission at YPBY includes putting the best information possible out there for our followers, shining the spotlight on the trainers who are getting the job done...
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Differential Reinforcement of an Incompatible Behavior. This is the techie name for a technique which pretty much adds up to “Do this instead of that.” Sometimes, simply called an “alternate behavior”, DRI is a powerful tool to have in your...
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As a volunteer for ACCT in Philadelphia, seeing Positive Reinforcement, Reward-Based training in action with shelter dogs is one of my favorite things. Watching a dog who is likely highly stressed and living in this unnatural environment learn using methods...
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In her most recent post, Kelly talked about choosing the carrot or the stick in training and as a follow-up, I hope to give you some good real life examples of each. The dog in the video above is Gee,...
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Wouldn’t it be convenient if we didn’t have to motivate our dogs?  If they came to us pre-programmed to fit seamlessly into our society and day-to-day lives? Or if we just needed to exude the right “energy” and everything else...
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