Again we covered two topics in this class;
This covered all the scientific theory behind learning and methods of training such as classical and operant conditioning, desensitisation, reinforcement schedules, extinction etc. Some people might find it a bit dry but I am utterly fascinated by it!
This covered training specific to puppies such as nipping, mouthing, house training etc. I personally found this very useful as obviously we adopted Bonnie as an adult so we have no experience with puppies. I’d love to get a puppy in future either from a rescue or from a proper reputable breeder (not a puppy farm or backyard breeder) so that we can have that experience of socialising and raising a puppy.
First assignment is nearly done so that will be finished in time for hand in this Monday.
The second assignment is due in on 7th November and that will be started once I finish the first assignment.
The third assignment has been given out this week for hand in on 14th November. This assignment isn’t another 1000 word easy thank god! Instead we have to define different examples of the four types of operant conditioning.
Reading list progress
Dogs That Bite and Fight – in progress, really insightful book around aggression that isn’t really covered in detail in other books
Outside of class learning
I am only including one link in this section for this week because this really and truly spoke to me and I think every dog owner should read it, especially for any owners of nervous dogs. Remember “Pavlov is always on your shoulder!”
Hope this week is treating you guys well so far and catch up soon!