The Canine Learning Theory

I came across this article when searching for information on the learning process for dogs.

I have heard so many dog owners say I use only positive reinforcement to train. I always ask for them to give me examples of their positive reinforcement training methods and many of them respond with negative reinforcement and positive punishment examples.

It’s important that we have the correct understanding of positive and negative. Positive means adding something and negative means subtracting something. So instead of positive and negative meaning good and bad, they mean addition and subtraction.

The four quadrants of operant conditioning. You may be surprised where your training style falls on this chart.

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