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Dog Word of the Day: Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule
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Adrienne Farricelli

About the author: Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. She is also a former veterinarian assistant, and author of  the popular online dog training course "Brain Training for Dogs." Her work has appeared in several print and online publications including E-how, USA Today, Every Dog Magazine, Daily Puppy and Connecticut Dog Magazine.
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  In dog training a variable ratio reinforcement schedule, also known as intermittent reinforcement schedule, is one form of several reinforcement schedules. Reinforcement schedules are the rules that pertain “how many or which responses will be reinforced” (Burch, Bailey 1999).  A variable ratio reinforcement schedule is the schedule that follows a continuous reinforcement schedule. There …

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The Stages of Learning in Dogs

Learning in Dogs
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About the author: Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. She is also a former veterinarian assistant, and author of  the popular online dog training course "Brain Training for Dogs." Her work has appeared in several print and online publications including E-how, USA Today, Every Dog Magazine, Daily Puppy and Connecticut Dog Magazine.
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  Understanding the stages of learning in dogs permits a deeper knowledge into what happens in the dog’s brain when it is in an active learning state. When learning a new task or behavior, complex processes in the brain occur in response to practice and muscle memory and this yields to significant changes in the …

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Stop Petting a Dog While Eating

Petting a Dog While Eating
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About the author: Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. She is also a former veterinarian assistant, and author of  the popular online dog training course "Brain Training for Dogs." Her work has appeared in several print and online publications including E-how, USA Today, Every Dog Magazine, Daily Puppy and Connecticut Dog Magazine.
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  Petting a dog or puppy while eating is advice that has been suggested for some time in order to prevent or reduce food aggression, but this practice can turn out being counterproductive and even downright dangerous. Sure, let’s face it: those giving out this advice may have good intentions, the goal perhaps being getting …

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Discovering German Shepherd Coat Colors

German Shepherd Coat Colors
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About the author: Adrienne Farricelli is a certified dog trainer and behavior consultant. She is also a former veterinarian assistant, and author of  the popular online dog training course "Brain Training for Dogs." Her work has appeared in several print and online publications including E-how, USA Today, Every Dog Magazine, Daily Puppy and Connecticut Dog Magazine.
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  German shepherd coat colors are surely interesting to discover. The staple coat color of the German shepherd dog breed is the quintessential black and tan coat, but at a closer insight, there are a variety of German shepherd coat colors and variations that are very attractive and quite unique.  Discovering all these German shepherd …

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