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    Default Quiz - How much do you know about the science of dog (animal) training?

    The Ultimate Dog Training Quiz - HowStuffWorks

    I got 19 out of 20 - the way it scores and shows you got something right - isn't really obvious tho I think if you click on an answer and it pops up green - you got it right.

    I've got no idea which one I got wrong but it was one of the first few. Possibly because I'm vaguely crap at history...

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    9 out of 20. Would have been higher if I had of stuck to my first pick of the answer instead of changing

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    Some of it is quite technical in the jargon eg

    a negative reinforcement breaks down into
    negative - take something away (not do something bad)
    re-inforcement - encourages more of the behaviour

    eg it is also called "escape training" ie you encourage a behaviour by allowing the animal to "escape" something unpleasant like spurs or a choke collar (releasing - the encouragement is in the release not the yank).

    And I don't like using it. well except the version where you withhold a treat... oh wait that is
    negative punishment
    negative = take something away (or not hand it over)
    punishment = something that reduces the behaviour or discourages it
    eg with holding or removing the treat or toy to discourage some behaviour like a slow recall.
    ie you take away something the dog wants in order to encourage it to stop doing something you dislike.

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    15/20... a lot of those were guesses though...

    I failed science and psychology at school... I also dropped out of history cause I hated it...

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    well i got 9...
    my bad for skimming through and not looking up the history stuff.

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    I got 18

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    I got 14 but am pretty sure that I was right at Q4 and the quiz was wrong

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    I was right at Q4 and the quiz was wrong
    I thought that about quite a few of the other quizzes...

    Eg there is one question about obedience competition cues... what can't you do...

    and choices were you can't use verbal cues, you can't repeat the cue and something else and I chose you can't repeat the cue. And its answer was you can't use verbal cues but that only applies to a particular class in obedience comp which they didn't mention (I think here it might be Utility or Utility excellent) but doesn't apply to CCD, CD or Open. So quiz was wrong and I couldn't find any place I could tell them.

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    Q4 might be the one I got wrong too.

    I did the quiz again and didn't get any wrong so no idea why it scored me 19 out of 20 unless I failed to look at the score after the last question.

    Q4 took me a long time to unravel what each bit meant - it was the most technical and ancient science history one.
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    Q4:
    Pavlov termed the salivating phenomenon as _____ whereas the bell ringing was _____

    The correct answer (according to the quiz) was:
    an unconditioned stimulus, a conditioned stimulus
    (The salivating was an unconditioned stimulus insofar as it was natural and no training was involved, whereas the bell ringing was a conditioned stimulus that prompted a conditioned, or trained, response.)

    I still think that's incorrect. It should be:
    an unconditioned response, an conditioned stimulus
    Because the salivating is always a response - no stimulus.

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    salivating was orignially response to dinner (instinct or just metabolism). Then salivating came in response to the anticipation of dinner. The anticipation of dinner was that classic doggy super keen observation of human patterns eg dinner would always arrive after the door bell rang...

    The dogs anticipated dinner because men in lab coats would arrive the lab bearing dinner and knock on the door or ring a bell to get in. Pavlov's original experiments were all about dog saliva and he was originally interested in how to get more of it (like how to get more milk out of a cow).

    My dog training gurus talk about Pavlov as all about instinct. You can't fight "Pavlov"...

    and Skinner as about training ie giving dog (limited) choices and rewarding the choice you like. (or punishing the choice you don't like)...

    Skinner training would not overcome a Pavlov response... (instinctual drift?).

    Skinner stuff - dogs wouldn't do of their own accord. Pavlov stuff the dogs do without any training like salivating when dinner turns up, and guarding resources and chasing joggers (herding breeds).

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