Talking Terms

14 Aug

Awesome article

Rescue Me Ohio

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Positive reinforcement training. You hear it all the time. You know it’s a good thing. But what exactly is it?? Unfortunately it has become a marketing buzz word. This term is thrown around quite freely—and often quite inaccurately. You need to be in the know before you sign up with someone who claims to use positive reinforcement training. So let’s talk terms and get you caught up on the four quadrants of operant conditioning.

Here’s a short recap of the scientific terms you need to know:

Positive sounds, well positive, right? Happy, good!! Not necessarily! In scientific terms of operant conditioning, positive simply means something is ADDED.
There is positive reinforcement. After a behavior occurs, reinforcement (something the dog enjoys like food or play) is added. The dog sits, he gets a cookie. The dog comes, he plays tug. Reinforcing behaviors with something the dog enjoys increases the likelihood they…

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From the junkyard to family bed

27 Sep

Hi My name is Polly. I was a partially feral “junkyard” dog.
Scared, anxious, unloved, lost and didn’t know how to be a dog.
Until someone took a chance on me. Rescued me. Some
called me a lost cause. Some said I’d never be a family dog, or normal.

My new mom says “ No such thing as a normal dog, Polly”.
In less than 6 months, with patience and proper training, I learned how to be a dog. I play, I smile, I jump, I love my toys, learned nose-work, And love to sleep in the bed with my mom.

I am not a lost cause. I have a human family. I am a family member.
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Thank you all for saving me.

Love Polly