Most of the time when we teach a dog a new behavior, it follows an “if/then” equation. If you sit, then you get a treat; if you stop jumping, then I’ll greet you. This is training using Operant Conditioning, which is basically just a label for “learning by consequence.” In the latest episode of School For The Dogs Podcast, I talk about a different way of training certain behaviors, specifically “drop it” and “come.” This “different way” involves making use of another kind of conditioning: Classical Conditioning.
Over at the School For The Dogs blog, I give steps for training “come” and “drop it,” and I’ve also broken down how to think about Classical and Operant Conditioning in terms of a vending machine and a “magic claw” machine.
Here are some other posts I’ve written in the past that may help clarify the differences between these two kinds of conditioning:
If you’re looking for a nice step-by-step guide to training “come” using Classical Conditioning, I highly recommend the DVD Training The Whistle Recall by Pamela Dennison.
In the episode, I talk about how stores make use of Classical Conditioning when throwing big sales. When I think about this, I always think about… Crazy Eddie! If you watched TV and lived in the New York metropolitan area in the 1980s, you gotta remember these commercials…
Woof Shout Out:
It’s impossible to not love our beloved student Frank, depicted at right in a custom portrait (I offer these at StoreForTheDogs.com).
Follow Frank on Instagram at @GoodBoy_Frank.
Thanks to ToastGarden for their ukulele cover of the song “Time Is On My Side.”
If you have yet to sign up for a two week trial from SaneBox, then I’m willing to bet that your inbox is… a mess. What are you doing with your life, friend?! SaneBox is like a personal assistant whose sole job is to help you spend less time on email. You literally train it to learn what email is important, and what isn’t. You can also use it to send yourself reminders in the future, schedule when you plan to reply to certain emails, and more. Check it out, and get a $15 coupon, when you visit this link.