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Is Your Dog Traumatized by the Electric Fence?

Dog Traumatized by the Electric Fence

  A dog traumatized by the electric fence is not at all unusual. Countless dog owners report negative consequences when using electric fences, and it ultimately, shouldn’t come as a surprise. While often advertised as preventing dogs from escaping, and a cheap alternative to erecting an expensive fence, electric fences can come with a high …

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Dog Word of the Day: Redirected Aggression in Dogs

Redirected Aggression in Dogs

  Redirected aggression in dogs is a problematic behavior that requires management for safety purposes, and to prevent rehearsal of the troublesome behavior, along with behavior modification to treat the root cause. Although, redirected aggression is more common among cats, there are countless cases of redirected aggression among dogs. When dogs “redirect,” the targets of …

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Dog Word of the Day: Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

Variable Ratio Reinforcement Schedule

  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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