Why dogs might not be interested in enrichment feeding

Enrichment is becoming commonplace, but why might some dogs appear disinterested? It could be that the dog isn’t sufficiently motivated to work at getting the food.  Perhaps he gets plenty of similar food for free (in a bowl) and can easily do without whatever extra is in the enrichment toy.   Or perhaps the food … Continue reading Why dogs might not be interested in enrichment feeding

Reward the good, ignore the bad. Absolutely not!

Reward the good, ignore the bad' is a common dog training phrase. But it's somewhat of a misunderstanding of learning theory.  Learning theory tells us that animals are more likely to repeat behaviour which is rewarded (reinforced);  Unrewarded behaviour is likely to go away (known as extinction). Ignoring unwanted behaviour, however, doesn’t guarantee that it isn’t being … Continue reading Reward the good, ignore the bad. Absolutely not!