Variable reinforcement in dog training. WikiPet.ru
If you train your dog using positive reinforcement methods, then for a certain moment, switch to variable reinforcement mode.
If you constantly give reinforcements, then teach your dog to expect rewards for each action. If you use variable reinforcement, the dog learns to continue to obey you, even when a treat or toy is not given out every time. In fact, if you do everything right, you can switch to the mode when reinforcements are issued quite rarely.
Variable reinforcement is much more effective than constant. Dogs become a kind of "gamers" trying to get a jackpot.
But it is important to correctly switch from continuous encouragement to variable. And for this it is necessary to convince the dog that there will still be a reward. You just need to make a little more effort.
Start thinning out the treats gradually. For example, reward your dog for every second exercise, but quickly switch to an unpredictable reward mode.
The fact that the dogs are not bad at all, and they also perfectly determine the time intervals. And if you constantly encourage every third exercise, the dog will quickly figure out your system.
Instead, change the conditions. Encourage 3 exercises, then 1, 5, 2, 3 again, etc.
As a result, the dog, which does not know exactly when the reward is waiting for it (but which is sure that the prize will be equal anyway or later) will try even harder - after all, each exercise brings it closer to the desired!
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