The idea that we should reward our dogs' good behaviour and ignore their 'bad' (unwanted) behaviour is something I hear very often. It's actually a misunderstanding of learning theory. Learning theory tells us that animals are more likely to repeat behaviour which is rewarded; Unrewarded behaviour is likely to go away (known as extinction). Ignoring unwanted behaviour, … Continue reading Why we shouldn’t just ignore bad behaviour
Looking at why our dogs may not be interested in enrichment, and how we can help
A look at the Alpha/pack leader theory. Where it came from and its effect on pet dogs
You might think that Mr B would hate his medical collar, but creating a positive association with the collar can work wonders. Mr B gets treats for putting on the collar, hence he thinks it's an excellent idea. First treat comes before I mess about with the fixings. Second treat comes once I've fixed it. … Continue reading Dogs hate medical collars, or do they?