For many new learners, negative reinforcement is one of the more confusing introductory concepts in the field of behavior analysis and applied animal behavior. Yet it’s a process at work in all of our behavior and one that is essentially involved in so much pet behavior as well. Negative...
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Melissa Bain introduces a series she will be sharing on assessing risk in pet behavior problems. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201509/risk-analysis-behavior-problems-overview-part-1
Dr. Megan Maxwell summarizes a recent paper in The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, in which authors present a taxonomy of assistance animals to clarify a currently murky area of label confusion and misuse. Parenti, L.P., Foreman, A., Meade, J. & Wirth, O. (2013). A revised taxonomy of...
Fall is in the air! One of the most beautiful times of the year is right around the corner. A time filled with change and an abundance of color. Mother Nature has a lovely way of communicating. Of telling various species of animals and plants that its time to...
Dr. Meredith Stepita discusses other causes of behavior that might appear like separation anxiety in this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201506/separation-anxiety-the-great-imitator-part-1
There is no shortage of recommendations for the use of positive reinforcement in today’s pet training and behavior books. Pet behavior professionals of various backgrounds have embraced positive reinforcement as a scientifically sound and effective way to change behavior without reliance on physical force or aversive stimuli. The increased...
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Sueda some play options for your feline friend. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201503/kitty-play-saves-the-day
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding Your Pet series, Dr. Karen Sueda reviews the differences between treats when they have become bribes and treats as effective positive reinforcers. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201503/using-treats-bribe-or-bonus
Housetraining a new puppy can be a real struggle for many families. This process involves much careful observation, consistent rewarding (reinforcement) of good behavior, and avoidance of accidents. Here are three important steps to successful housetraining: First, be sure to reward all successful urinations and defecations outside of the...
Applied animal behaviorists and veterinary behaviorists typically are called in by pet owners to address a variety of behavior problems and training deficits exhibited by their companion animals. Our job is to assess the situation, provide a functional characterization of the problem behavior, and offer interventions that can help...
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