Choosing a Good Reinforcer. We can break up reinforcers into two categories Primary-Anything the dog finds intrisically valuable and is needed to survive. Food, water, shelter. Food for this course
No Distractions- An environment where the dog doesn’t seem to pay attention to its’ surroundings
Low- An environment where your dog pays a little attention to its’ surroundings
Medium- An environment where your dog spends more time focusing on objects in the surrounding area but is still able to focus on you
High- An environment where your dog spends most or all of its’ time energetically focused on objects in the surrounding area and has a difficult time not reacting to themChoosing a Good Reinforcer
Note: All distractions are subjective and will cause different reactions in different dogs. It’s up to you to determine what is “triggering” your dog to react to a certain distraction
Note: Just as all distractions are subjective, the same can be said about all reinforcers. Not all dogs will go crazy for prime rib and some dogs will do just about anything for kibble…it’s up to you to determine the VALUE of each reinforcer
Low-Your dog will work for it if there are little or no distractions.
Medium- Your dog will work for it in somewhat challenging situations but will still check out from time to time.
High-Your dog will readily work for these in pretty much any situation (as long as there is evidence of fearful or overtly aggressive behavior.
You always want to make sure you are using the right reinforcer or blend of reinforcers for each situation.