Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Something New (to me at least)

I just came across this site that trains using Pavlov's technique. It's called clicker training. Apparently you use a mechanical device that makes a click, and this deployed when you want to re-enforce behavior. This is called operant conditioning, and differs from classical conditioning in that the pet associates a reward with the repeated action.

The process works this way:

1. Your pet sits, you click.
2. You give you pet a reward.
3. Repeat multiple times.

This results in the pet associating the sound of the click with receiving food. The click is a unique sound that can not be misconstrued with spoke words. Interesting.

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