If you’ve ever wondered:
- Why I’m militant when it comes to dogs being on leash in a building
- Why I get extremely frustrated (and cry) when an elevator incident happens
Here is a post from Your Dog’s Friend that details how much time and effort we take in management the safety of OTHER dogs in the building in order for us to take the elevator with Knox. We only take the elevator between 7:30am to 7:35am on weekdays; if we’re late, we take the stairs from the 28th floor. In the evenings, we only take the elevators between 6:45pm to 7:00pm to avoid evening dog traffic.
Original source: Your Dog’s Friend: Reactive Dogs in Multi-Use Buildings
If you have a reactive dog in an apartment building or condo, you are probably anxious every time you take your dog out. You never know what will be around the corner or down the hall, and there’s usually no means of escape. This handout will provide some tips for living in such close quarters with other dogs. Consistent practice will help make these strategies habits, instead of hassles. A few safety measures will also help you feel more confident and less stressed when you are with your dog in public areas of dog-friendly buildings. Read More
In lieu of a Knox-centric post, a brilliant video tutorial on teaching drop it by back-chaining all the desired behaviours in the cue.
Reblogged from ClickerSolutions.com because it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Isn’t withholding a treat negative punishment? I’m still trying to wrap my head around it; it feels a bit like semantics right now but… what do I know? I have a lot more to read!
Extinction is the cessation of reinforcement. When you shape behavior, you start by reinforcing a tiny bit of behavior. When you make your criteria harder, you stop reinforcing the lesser offerings. Because these previously reinforced behaviors are no longer being reinforced, the dog stops offering them, choosing instead to offer the new behavior that is being reinforced.
Extinction is not punishment. Punishment is an event. When you punish, you either add something (positive punishment) or take something away (negative punishment) in order to suppress a behavior. Extinction is a “non event.” You didn’t add or take away – you simply did nothing.
While we’ve had a little bit of progress with his reactivity, I’ve spent the last month wondering why all the counterconditioning work we’ve done has gone nowhere. Counterconditioning: how hard could it be, right?
Long story short, I’ve just taught my dog to like getting treats. The stimulus should be the predictor of high value food, not my hand in my pockets!
When they say humans learn ridiculously slow, they weren’t lying. You’d think 10 months into this, I would have figured it out sooner!