We all know the power of reinforcement in modifying behavior, yet why does it sometimes seem to cause as many problems as it solves? Why do dogs become dependent upon the presence of reinforcers for performance and why must training programs include having to fade the use of them? We’ll discuss the incredible ability random schedules of reinforcement have on modifying behavior and how to apply these principles in the most effective way possible when teaching new skills. The hypothesis presented will be that because they are almost impossible to maintain without conscious effort or computer generated templates, maybe they could and should be eliminated and replaced with a system that is even more effective.
Presentation by: Chris Bach
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Chris Bach began to study dogs as soon as she was old enough to hold a leash and the result of her life-long passion for dogs is her unique, innovative, reliable and, most importantly, distinctly dog-friendly approach to training called THE THIRD WAY.
As an adult, Chris used her evolving theories and techniques to become a top obedience trial competitor with a loyal following of students who also competed successfully in obedience and other dog sports. She then branched out into non-competitive venues by counseling pet owners and becoming actively involved with the service dog industry. Her love for working with puppies resulted in her developing a Puppy Kindergarten class curriculum that is cutting edge in the industry today. Chris is a charter board member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a popular speaker about dog behavior and training in both the U.S. and Canada.