According to B. F. Skinner (Science and Human Behavior, 1965), the Operant Conditioning is the process by which a response becomes more or less likely to occur depending on its consequences. The schedule of reinforcement is an important component of learning process under the Operant Conditioning. I would like to apply this theory on the 2 dogs with same age in 2 different educating situation.
The 2 objects of study are Yorkshire Terrier in my cousin’s home and Toy Poodle in ours. The Yorkshire Terrier was educated under random schedule, while the Toy Poodle was educated under continuous reinforcement schedule.
While house training the Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle, classical ...view middle of the document...
On the other hand, Yorkshire Terrier could not achieve 100% completion rate of the command. Sometimes Yorkshire Terrier was not able to link the command “House” with the action of getting into the cage, and failed to complete the action.
From this 2 objects of study, we could see the importance of reinforcement for the training of pets. For any of these methods, regularity of the owner's training or behavior and level of engagement can impact the effectiveness of the applied method.
Nevertheless, regarding the biological behaviors of specific breeds of dogs, there is a limitation on this study. As Toy Poodles are known to be highly responsive and said to be one of the most trainable breeds, while Yorkshire Terriers are very eager for adventures and highly energetic, fearless, loyal and smart. Thus, the Toy Poodle is comparatively more capable to manage the new command.
Besides, the owners’ characteristic also affects the result of study. Under the condition that the owner is not 100% pack leader (Dog Breed Info Center), Toy Poodles may snap if...