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Aversive - Any circumstance or event that causes pain, fear, or emotional discomfort.
Balanced Training - A euphemism used to describe a mix of traditional or punishment-based training and other training techniques.
Clicker - A toy noisemaker. Animal trainers make use of the clicker as an event marker to mark a desired response. The sound of the clicker is an excellent marker because it is unique, quick, and consistent. You can find several different types of clickers in our store.
Classical Conditioning -The process of associating a neutral stimulus with an involuntary response until the stimulus elicits the response.
Correction - A euphemism for the application of a physical aversive. The aversive is intended to communicate that the dog did something wrong. In some cases, the trainer then guides the dog through the desired behavior. The application of an aversive followed by desired behavior is considered instructive, thus the euphemism ”correction.”
Counter Conditioning - Pairing one stimulus that evokes one response with another that evokes an opposite response, so that the first stimulus comes to evoke the second response. For example, a dog is afraid of men wearing hats. When a man wearing a hat approaches, the dog is repeatedly fed his favorite food. The goal is to replace the animal’s apprehension with the pleasure elicited by the food. Counter-conditioning must be done gradually, however; if the process is rushed, the favorite food may take on the fear association instead.
Desensitization - The process of increasing an animal’s tolerance to a particular stimulus by gradually increasing the presence of the stimulus.
E-Collar - The term shock collar is a term used in order to describe a family of training collars (also called e-collars, Ecollars, remote training collars, Zap collars, or electronic collars) that deliver electrical shocks of varying intensity and duration to the neck of a dog (they can also be applied to other places on the dog's body) via a radio-controlled electronic device incorporated into a dog collar.
Force Free Training - A method of training which never utilizes pain, fear or force to train an animal. Not to be confused with an e-collar method of training
Operant Conditioning - The process of changing an animal’s response to a certain stimulus by manipulating the consequences that immediately follow the response. The five principles of operant conditioning were developed by B.F. Skinner. Clicker training is a subset of operant conditioning, using only positive reinforcement, extinction, and, to a lesser extent, negative punishment.
Reinforcement -In operant conditioning, a consequence to a behavior in which something is added to or removed from the situation to make the behavior more likely to occur in the future.