My Mother 's New Schnauzer Puppy Essay

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The subject I experimented on was my mother’s new schnauzer puppy, her name is Josie. Negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement, negative punishment, and positive punishment are the different types of operant conditioning. Out of the four different types of operant conditioning techniques the one I chose that would work the best is positive reinforcement. The reason why I chose the technique of positive reinforcement is because Josie is a very timid puppy towards people other than my mom. So my experiment was to intrigue her with a dog treat to approach me and become comfortable with my presence. This will benefit for the bond between me and Josie in the future when I visit my mother’s house. Hopefully by the end of experimenting (training) she won’t be so timid to approach me when I walk through the door and will be excited to see me. Positive reinforcement is stated as “it involves the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future” (What You Should Know About Positive Reinforcement, Web). When a reward is given after an action is made then the response towards behavior will strengthen due to the favorable outcome of getting a reinforcer, also known as reward-based training. So what I chose was a reinforcer for my experiment, such as a dog treat, because it would work the best. The reason behind the decision is that Josie is 10-week old puppy so starting at young age would…

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