Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Operant conditioning is one of the most effective ways of shaping desired behavior in people and animals. This is done by rewarding desired behavior and punishing poor behavior. Animals can be strongly influenced when rewarded with food or other biological necessities. Exploiting this trait is often used in dog training. This video by Positive Training demonstrates the power of operant conditioning when teaching a dog to fetch.

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  1. My husband is the dog whisper and he is good at training dogs. He trained all 4 of the dogs that we have had ( 2 have passed away). I remember potty training my son and giving him an M&M each time he would go to the bathroom on his potty. It is something that in social work we do often. It is not with food, but with clients when they see change it makes a big difference in their lives.