Thu, 15 Jul 2010 05:00:00 +0000
Over $500 in cash prizes and a video contract await the producers of top videos that showcase innovative and informative animal training featuring positive training methods. Everyone can qualify for entry, provided that each demonstrated trick or feat is achieved through force-free training methods, and submissions can feature any species.
Sun, 01 Nov 2009 13:00:00 +0000
You'll enjoy listening to Karen's own podcast (available at the bottom of this page)—audio selections from her latest book, Reaching the Animal Mind. In this podcast, Karen talks about training a fish to go through a hoop. Karen describes obstacles she encountered and overcame, as well as basic behaviors that she observed. To read more from Reaching the Animal Mind, order your copy today!
Tue, 08 Jul 2008 05:00:00 +0000
I've always been interested in play. Science doesn't explain it very well, or it's explained as something young animals do to practice future skills. But that definition doesn't cover every kind of play, and it doesn't explain why it's so much fun, so reinforcing in itself.
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 06:00:00 +0000
You're training "leave it." You drop a bit of food, the dog lunges toward it, and you cover it with your foot. Are you just managing the environment, or is this negative punishment, taking away something desired?
Thu, 01 Nov 2007 05:00:00 +0000
Are fish trainable? And if they are, why bother?
Tue, 27 Jun 2006 19:22:51 +0000
Note: Ogden Lindsley was one of B.F. Skinners' first graduate students, a past president of the Association for Behavior analysis, and one of the first behavior analysts to grasp the power of shaping with a conditioned reinforcer. As a professor at the University of Kansas, he required his own students to shape behavior; many of them used goldfish. The instructions here for clicker training a goldfish are easy to follow and make a good science project. Karen Pryor
Wed, 01 Dec 2004 06:00:00 +0000
We don't often worry about the mental state of a fish, but fishes enjoy stimulation and something to do, just as much as land animals. Aquarists know that the environment is important for keeping fish in good health or bringing them into breeding condition. That doesn't just mean places to hide and clean water to swim in; it can also mean a variety of foods including live food to chase, the right tank mates, the right plants, and, yes, an opportunity to learn.