A nice piece. I suggest that not all my readers will be interested, but for those with a deeper interest in clicker training or dog psychology, this is a good read.
Some claim that there is a new fad running rampant through dog training circles.
It is based on some of that sciencey stuff by Pavlov, Skinner, Watson and Thorndike. A few well-known trainers such as Breland, Keller and Bailey furthered this fancy stuff by using geeky science outside the lab, causing this new age stuff to proliferate to the dog owning public.
Perhaps you have heard of some of these fads. You’ll recognize these fancy methods because they use terms such as positive reinforcement, desensitization, counterconditioning and the charming though less scientific term clicker training… among others. Some feel that these will quickly pass.
I’m still waiting.
It should happen at any moment. After all, this fad has been around for at least 162 years. Yes, you read that correctly.
One hundred sixty two years of “fancy” training and counting.
In 1882, S.T. Hammond published, “Practical Dog Training or…
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