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The value of the conditioned response principle in dog training

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The value of the conditioned response principle in dog training

  1. 1. The Value of the "Conditioned Response Principle" in Dog Training
  2. 2. Oneofthekeyprinciplesofdogtrainingistheprincipleof"conditioned response."Theideaisthatyoucansetupyourdog'senvironmentinsucha waythatitlearnstoabandonitsdestructivebehaviorthroughitsownmistakes ratherthanbyyourinstruction.Beloware two common examples of problem dog behaviors and how the princple of"conditionedresponse" canbeusedtoresolvethem.
  3. 3. Mydogisdiggingupmyyard.HowcanIstopthisdestructivebehavior?First, youmust purchase some chicken wire from your local hardware store and some stypticpowder from you local pet store. Before you begin, you must observe your dog'sfavoritediggingspotsandpinpointtheminyour mind.Then,youmust removeyourdogfromtheyard,andyoumustnotallow ittowatchyouasyousetupitsenvironment.Cutabouta4by4footsectionof chickenwireandplantitunderthedirtinallthelocationswhereyoudoglikes todig.Onceyou'refinished,release yourdogandwaitfortheconditioned response.
  4. 4. Morethanlikely,yourdogwillgobacktothelocationswhereitdugbeforeand proceedtodigasusual.Exceptnow,it'sgoingtolearnanovellesson.Namely, thatdiggingisgoingtocauseitseriousdiscomfortandpain.Onceyourdog associates the condition (digging) with the negative response (pain) it will automaticallystopitsdestructivedigginghabit.Thereis,however,one drawbacktothistechnique.
  5. 5. Ifyouhaveanaggressivedigger,thenyoushouldmonitoryourdogfor anycutsorbruises.That'swherethestypticpowdercomesin.Ifyounoticea cutinyourdog'spaws,gentlypourthestypticpowderonthecutandallowit tocauterizethebleeding.Withinamatterofdays,youcanconditionyourdog toabandonitsdestructivedigginghabitbyusingtheprincipleof"conditioned response."
  6. 6. Mydogchewsmyfurniture,myshoes,andmyvaluablebelongings.WhatcanI dotoendthisdestructivebehavior?Gotoyourlocalpetstore,andpurchasea spraybottleofbitterapple.Removeyourdogfromyourhouseanddonot allowittoseeyousetupitsenvironment.Sprayyourvaluables(i.e.furniture, shoes,andsocks)withbitterappleandplacetheminlocationsthatyourdog caneasilyaccess.Thenallowittocomeinandletthetrapdotherest.
  7. 7. Asusual,yourdogwillgobacktoitsoldhabitandstarttochewitsfavoriteshoe orfurniture.Butnow,it'sgoingtogetabittersurprise.Yourdogwillassociate thecondition(chewing)withthenegativeresponse(badtaste)anditwill stop itsdestructivechewinghabit.It'simportanttoremember,however,thatall dogsneedtochew,soyoumustrepeatthisprocessasecondtime.
  8. 8. Now,youmustplaceyourdog'sfavoritechewtoysnexttotheitemsthatwere sprayedwithbitterapple.Thistime,your dog will be reconditioned to chew its own toys rather than your valuablepossessions.Thus,byconditioning yourdog,youcanpositivelyreinforceagoodhabit(chewing designated toys) over an undesirable one (chewing your valuablepossessions).
  9. 9. Asyoucansee,byapplyingtheprincipleof"conditionedresponse"youcan teachyourdogexactlywhatyouwantwithoutevergettingfrustratedwiththe trainingprocess.
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