Avoid Rewarding Off A Negative

When teaching your puppy right from wrong it is fundamental that you limit rewarding off a negative behaviour to avoid creating an undesirable behaviour loop. E.g. Diagram 1: If your dog jumps and then sits, limit giving the reward as soon as your dog sits as they will very quickly learn the sequence to get a reward means they have to jump first, then sit to get rewarded. We are creating a negative triangle loop. Instead we want to break the negative action with two positive actions before we bridge and reward so therefore the dog doesn’t associate the reward at all to the undesirable behaviour and we don’t accidentally reinforce it. It intercepts the behaviour pattern and doesn’t allow a continual loop and connection to form. E.g. Diagram 2: Dog jumps, then sits but you wait for voluntary eye contact before you bridge and reward. The eye contact is the behaviour that breaks the negative behaviour to the reward as you are not rewarding the positive behaviour directly off the negative.

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