Reinforcement Gone WRONG

Often a chain of actions grows a behavior. Barking, whining, jumping up, mouthing, excitement at the doors … are very commonly increased by chained events and unfortunately most of the time the person doesn’t realize that they are growing the behavior instead of reducing it. So if your dog is doing something you don’t particularly…

Intent matters – why is punishment addicting to the punisher?

Intent Matters – essay on why punishment remains so prevalent as a first tool in training despite the serious fallout on both the student and trainer. Here’s the basis: If my intention is to stop or reduce any behavior, my answer will be punishment. By definition punishment decreases a behavior. When my intention is focused…