Developing Separation Anxiety: Will the Learn to Earn Program Cause Separation Anxiety in my Puppy?

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While taking a puppy through the Learn to Earn Program where she spends at least 1 hour a day during high activity times tethered to you as well the rest of the day in a puppy-safe play area or crate or tethered nearby does not cause over attachment. However, having a puppy with you all the time and rewarding her when she’s whining by taking to her or interacting with her in any way can.

The Birth of Animal Behavior and Training as a Science Part 3: Along Comes B.F. Skinner

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B.F. Skinner studied many aspects of learning, including: which types of reinforcement rates lead to the fastest learning and the strongest behavior, how learning extinguishes when reinforcers are discontinued, and the effects of intermittent reinforcers on extinction. From this data, he formulated a number of principles that shed light on the behavior of rats, pigeons and ultimately, humans. This was the birth of operant conditioning.

My First Day in New Zealand

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Here’s what I’ve learned on my first day in New Zealand. From sheep to scent dogs, my first day has been fun!

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: My Puppy is TOO Perfect, What Now?

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If you’ve read Perfect Puppy in 7 Days and followed the directions with your new puppy, what do you do when he is always sitting and looking at you expectantly for treats? And when can you go back to feeding in a dish? Find out here!

7 Things All Dogs Need

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You’re getting a dog and it’s time to go shopping, but what to get? How many toys, which leashes are right? Does he need a harness, a collar or a bed? You can spend hundreds of dollars on supplies, but will you get the ones you really need? Here’s my list of the seven things all dogs need for a behaviorally healthy life.