Classical Conditioning

When I was a very tiny child my mother often took me to her grandparents’ home in Temora, a small town in western New South Wales. When I was in Temora I was ecstatically happy. Temora was like fairyland to a me.

I was cherished by everyone in the house, I was taken to visit friends who made a great fuss of me, I was free to play in mud, to collect eggs from the chickens (and no-one cared if I broke an occasional one), to play with the local kids, to go shopping by myself and to eat farm butter by the spoonful.

What I didn’t know was that a very strange thing was happening; I was being classically conditioned

In fact, we usually don’t realise it when this is happening. Neither do our dogs.

The case with Temora, a place just like any other medium country town in New South Wales, became the best place in the world and, even to this day, the very thought of Temora makes me completely happy.

Classical Conditioning is a process that actually changes our brains. This happens when two things are paired together closely and frequently. We can pair things in a number of ways. We can pair something neutral with something desirable or something neutral with something undesirable. What happens after the two things have been paired is that, in the mind of the animal, the neutral thing becomes desirable) (or undesirable, as the case may be.

Old house in TemoraThere is another step in this process. It is now possible to pair something else neutral with the thing we love and this next neutral thing also becomes wonderful. This second thing for me was the smell of Jasmine. This was even more powerful. Temora (now something that raised happy thoughts for me) was paired, every day during spring, with the smell of Jasmine. Now I only have to smell Jasmine to think of Temora and become euphoric.

This is very important for dog training.

First because we can use it to  our advantage by getting our dogs to respond happily to  things we want them to respond to happily. Their name for instance. If, when we first get a dog, we say her name and immediately give her a tasty treat – over an over for a few days – she will soon be very happy when she hears her name. We use this natural process to condition a dog to love the sound of the clicker. Then, when she hears the sound of the clicker, she becomes very happy. So, we use a click to reinforce anything she does that we want her to continue to do – sit, down, stand, stay, shake hands, etc.

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This course trains you to train your dog to behve as you want them to - at home and in public. It covers good manners around people & other dogs, coming when you call, house manners, walking on lead without pulling and how to prevent unwanted behaviours like barking, digging, etc.

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