|Barked: Mon Feb 4, '08 6:00pm PST |
|-Over excitablility (dogs arent open to learning if they are scared ie: tradional methods or excited ie: + reinforcment)
---dogs can learn in any number of circumstances. If a dog is overly excited in a situation maybe it is the handler/trainer who is putting the dog in an unfair position that the dog is not ready for yet and the dog is in a survival mode. Or, as was already stated by Asher, it is possible that the reward offered is too high.... and is driving the dog to be rewarded for being overly excited by the reward (if that makes sense)
-The positive reinforcment way of potty training (treats and praise) often interferes with progress
--- I do not understand how this is so. I also do not understand how prwunishing a dog for eliminating, and then not telling it what to do can not be counterproductive itself. If dogs are urinating outside only a small amount only to get a reward for it.... they are still being properly trained. In this instance, it takes proper use of a reinforcement to build up the criteria for the behaivor the dog is offering.
-Lack of true self control
--- I am also confused by this statement. I find that my students and dogs have more self control because they are choosing to give the correct behavior and are not being told to do a behavior. This, I would determine would be the anthesis of "true self control". My own dog is a sight hound, but knows that if he chooses to offer a sit response when he becomes excited about a squirrel or other small animal, that he may or may not be rewarded for it... and will choose self control in hopes that there will be a payoff.... but this is just like anything in life, human or animal.
-Accidental over-conditioning to focusing on treats. (focusing on treats become semi-compulsive)
--- This again, is a sign of a trainer who is missing the mark. I don't believe in throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and citing bad trainers is doing just that in this case. If +R techniques are properly taught then they include fading the lures and treats so that they are not relied upon.
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