Simple but effective cheats that make reward-based training work

Dr Cam Day BVSc BSc MANCVS (view profile)

When implementing solutions for animal behavioural problems there are always four questions that need to be answered:

  1. Is there a medical condition contributing to or causing the pet’s unwanted behaviour?
  2. Can the pet be trained to reduce its unwanted behaviour?
  3. How can the behaviour be best managed to reduce risk, and self-reinforcement, of an unwanted behaviour?
  4. Will calmatives be needed to change or reduce the unwanted behaviour?

Solutions must always be directed at improving the animal’s welfare and quality of life scores but also at improving the welfare and quality of life of the animal’s carers, custodians or owners.

In this presentation we will only look the second question above as it applies to unwanted dog behaviours.

The presentation will describe:

  • Why reward-based training triumphs over punishment-based training
  • How to ‘cheat the system’ with reward-based training
  • Why knowing the difference between ‘English’ and ‘Doglish’ is vital
  • And how the concept of ‘pulsed, reward-based cognitive training’ simply works to help a dog’s carer to understand the concept or reward-based training and how to quickly apply that to various unwanted dog behaviours