Rewards!! Delivery Patterns and Sources of Rewards
In the early days of using positive reinforcement and clicker training, the delivery of that reinforcer, (reward), was not part of the consideration. The format of the research experiments favoured a mechanical magazine to deliberately remove any variables that human delivery would include.
When people become the mechanism of delivery we have to consider the variable elements that effect of the reinforcer, or reward. Sadly “mechanical delivery” and the mechanical skills are still seen as desirable elements of training and a whole series of additional valued- rewards are being ignored and lost.
Season 3 of the "Learning about Dogs" podcast is about rewards and reward skills.
Kay Laurence of "Learning About Dogs," and Sue McGuire, host/producer, are calling this our "A Season of Rewards," because that is exactly what we are diving into this year.
On this episode, we look at reward delivery patterns and the source of rewards. You will never look at a treat pouch on a hip the same way again.
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The more we explore and blend the theory, biology and application it is clear that this is not a simple process, it is complex and very sophisticated. With active minds open to learning we can continue to understand more, apply in an educated format and improve the combination of learning and dogs that we know and love and call training.
Online Learning on Basic Skills with Sue McGuire
Starts August 22, 2020
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