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!

Train a “Come When Called” at the Dog Park

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Before dogs are allowed to be off-leash at any park, you should first train a fantastic come when called so that you can call them before they get too excited and before they are rude. Here are some tips on how to train that reliable recall!

The Best Animal Trainers in History: Interview with Bob and Marian Bailey, Part 2

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In the last blog, you learned about how and why Marian and Keller Breland started Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), the most successful and prolific animal training company that has ever existed. In this segment you’ll find out more about Bob Bailey, how Keller got involved in developing the first scientifically trained dolphin show, and what dolphins were trained for in the Navy. Bob also reveals the four most common trainer errors.