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What exactly is operent conditioning

WHAT EXACTLY IS OPERANT CONDITIONING AND HOW DOES IT WORK.

FIRSTLY, THERE ARE FOUR QUADRANTS TO OPERANT CONDITIONING AND EACH ONE IS SIMPLY JUST A WAY TO TRAIN USING DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES.

TECHNIQUE No. 1 POSITIVE-REINFORCEMENT (Reward Based)
TECHNIQUE No. 2 NEGATIVE-REINFORCEMENT (Pressure Based)
TECHNIQUE No. 3 POSITIVE-PUNISHMENT (Physical Correction Based)
TECHNIQUE No. 4 NEGATIVE-PUNISHMENT (Withold Reward Based)

REWARD BASED TRAINING
This training uses a combination of Positive- Reinforcement and Negative-Punishment. This is when you give your dog a reward for a behaviour that you would like your dog to repeat.
This is a good way of training to start any dog on. This is when you use rewards to capture behaviours that you like and you use negative-punishment when the dog fails to perform the action.
They learn what pays off and what doesn’t pay off and are willing to try different positions to help earn rewards. This type of training is almost entirely stress free for a dog and it also makes the training very positive for them.

PRESSURE BASED TRAINING
This style of training is great if you want faster results. This training uses a combination of negative-reinforcement and negative-punishment and positive-reinforcement. You turn the pressure on and when your dog complies you IMMEDIATELY TURN THE PRESSURE OFF and reward your dog. Use this for teaching the dog how to turn off pressure. Some people prefer to start off this way because by beginning with this style the dog will learn more quickly to go into the desired positions to turn off pressure.

AVOIDANCE TRAINING
This is when you correct the dog into the desired positions. This is considered an outdated style of training and is still used by some trainers who believe in the “ALPHA THEORY”. [...]

Positive Reinforcement

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You need to start understanding behaviour, only when you understand behaviour can you really understand why:-
Your dog does the things it does THAT YOU LIKE IT DOING or the things THAT YOU DON’T LIKE IT DOING.
COMMUNICATION. The most powerful and effective training tool available.
One of the best ways to communicate to your dog is using OPERANT CONDITIONING. (All about consequences)
Operant conditioning is a learning process through which the behaviour is modified by Positive and Negative reinforcement.
SIMPLY PUT:- “ Give me what I want ” BEFORE “ You get what you want ”
                                                          OR
Grandma’s Rules “ Eat your broccoli ” BEFORE “ You get your ice-cream ”
A good way to start your training is using the SMART x 50 technique to reward your dog fifty times (per day) for relaxed behaviour.
Count out fifty pieces of kibble, now every time your dog lies down, rolls onto a hip, lowers his head or anything you really like your dog doing.
Over time you will have a dog who will be much more relaxed at home.

By |November 6th, 2019|Dog Blog|0 Comments|

Beatrice

Presa Canario

They are alert and watchful and will face up to any percieved threat, they can be aggressive with other dogs. Cant stress enough how important training at an early age is with any large breed.

This is Beatrice, a 6 month old Presa Canario – I found this dog to be a joy to work with and particularly keen to learn and a perfect fit for clicker training. The secret now is to keep it that way by giving plenty of mental stimulation and regular excercise .. Below is review from owner Amy ..

” Martin has been an absolute god send to our little family. Weve been to puppy training classes with Beatrice and had little luck with her stress behaviour towards other dogs. She barks, growls and wants to escape the situation. We had been told by other ‘trainers’ to distract her with food while she barks, growls and plays up in the company of other dogs. As we feared, this was instilling aggressive behaviour when we came accross other dogs and even people. As a result, walking Beatrice has been a nightmare and we had no control over her – it got to the point that I couldnt go with my husband on walks as i was petrified with crippling anxiety coming accross other people and dogs .

Martin offered us help and told us he does not train dogs, he shows US how to get the control needed in the home and once we have that control only then do we take it outside. At first this seemed too good to be true, but after 3 hourse we were believers, OMG the response wes incredible!

By the end of the indoor/outside [...]

By |January 25th, 2019|Dog Blog|0 Comments|

Skipper

Introducing “Skipper” the absolutely stunning 18 month old English Bulldog
that I had the privilege of working with.
This dog has a great trick (that I didn’t teach him) which is to manage to get his head in my coat pocket
without me knowing and waltz off with the odd piece of food, that apart from this dog has a great temperament and is truly
a lovely dog and is more than happy to be “clicker” trained.

By |November 15th, 2018|Dog Blog|0 Comments|

Bowie

Say hello to “Bowie” the 8 month old French bulldog, this little fellow worked so hard and has done everything asked of him.
Picture 1 was when we arrived, Picture 2 was taken when I was leaving (shattered) .
Absolute joy to work with !!

By |September 11th, 2018|Dog Blog, News|0 Comments|
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