Celeste Patten on July 24th, 2017

C is for Consequence. In my previous two blog entries, we talked about antecedents, and then behavior.  Now it’s time to discuss the C in ABC — consequences.  I might be expected to get deep into the Four Quadrants of learning theory, various reinforcement schedules, and heated warnings against the use of punishers. But let’s […]

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Celeste Patten on May 8th, 2017

This is the second in a series I have been doing on the ABC’s of behavior and training. Click HERE for a link to catch yourself up on the first bog.  By the end of the series, we will have gotten to the heart of the matter: consequences.  However, we will start at the beginning […]

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Celeste Patten on March 9th, 2017

Frustration is a powerful emotion.  We can let it cause us to do things we regret and over time, those actions can build tension into relationships and cause resentment.  This is troublesome enough in our relationships with people, but how does it creep into your relationship with your dog(s)?  Frustration is defined as the “feeling […]

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Celeste Patten on October 11th, 2016

It brings to mind deals done in dark smoke-filled back rooms by corrupt politicians. When parents use bribes they are often left feeling guilty, but I see my dog training clients use them all the time without seeing them for what they are. I am beginning to think people are confusing the mere presence of food with reinforcement […]

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I wear many hats in my canine career and am often on the receiving end of popular dog misconceptions. “I don’t feed my dog people food,” is something often said with an air of pride by owners who think they are doing right by their dogs in holding to this idea.  In this blog, I want […]

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