Like Classical conditioning, Operant Conditioning is based on the idea of stimulus and response. But this time, it doesn’t view the responses as reflexes but rather as a result of either positive or negative stimuli.
Think of it as a ‘rewards’ and ‘punishment’ sort of thing.
Basically, when you do something good and get a reward, chances are you’ll want to do that good behavior again to get another reward? Like when you were small and you got a gold star for doing well at school, you kept on aiming to get more and more gold stars.
And if you did something wrong and got punished for it, you’ll probably never want to do it again.
It works similarly with our dogs. They behave in a certain way to get rewards and avoid punishment. Rewards can range from treats to praise, or anything else your dog enjoys.
At Tails of Tranquility, we ONLY use and condone the gentle and kind teaching of dogs.