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Many opponents of the positive reinforcement method in dog training say that the method seems to be bad because in the process of training and further life we bribe the dog. Like, there is a bribe - the dog works, no - goodbye. However, this is fundamentally wrong.
If we talk about a bribe, opponents of positive reinforcement replace concepts. A bribe is when you show a dog a treat or a toy and call. Yes, during training, so that the dog understands what is required of it, we certainly teach it to run up a tasty piece or toy. Or we sit the dog, for example, pointing it with a bite. But this happens only at the stage of explanation.
In the future, the situation changes. If you gave a command, for example, called a dog without luring it, praised it at the moment when it turned away from other dogs or from interesting smells in the grass and ran towards you, and when you ran up, play with it or treat it - this is not a bribe, but honest payment for her efforts. Moreover, the more efforts the dog made to fulfill the command, the more valuable the promotion should be.
So it’s definitely not a question of a bribe.
In addition, in the positive reinforcement, the method of “variable reinforcement” is used, when it is not awarded every time, and the dog does not know whether it will receive a bonus for the execution of the command. Variable reinforcement is more effective than issuing a prize after each team.
Of course, this method is used when the skill is already formed and the dog understands exactly what you want from it. This also ensures the stability of the execution of commands.
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