Operant Conditioning

Operant conditioning in dog training is the process where dogs actively learn through rewards and punishments as consequences of their choices.

There are four main quadrants of operant conditioning:

  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Negative Punishment
  • Positive Punishment
  • Negative Reinforcement

negative punishment
Remove something to discourage behavior.
negative reinforcement
Remove something to encourage behavior.
positive punishment
Add something to discourage behavior.
positive reinforcement
Add something to encourage behavior.

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