Effects of Click + Continuous Food Vs. Click + Intermittent Food on the Maintenance of Dog Behavior.

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There is disagreement among clicker trainers on whether or not food should be delivered every time the clicker (conditioned reinforcer) is used. However, presenting a conditioned reinforcer without food can weaken the strength of the conditioned reinforcer and also disrupt its discriminative stimulus function. A within subjects reversal design was used with 2 dogs to compare the behavioral effects of continuous pairings (C+F condition) vs. intermittent pairings (C+C+F condition) of the clicker with food. Results show that the C+C+F condition affects the frequency, accuracy, topography, and intensity of the behavior, and increases noncompliance and other unwanted behaviors. This study adds ... continued below

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Wennmacher, Pamela L. May 2007.

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There is disagreement among clicker trainers on whether or not food should be delivered every time the clicker (conditioned reinforcer) is used. However, presenting a conditioned reinforcer without food can weaken the strength of the conditioned reinforcer and also disrupt its discriminative stimulus function. A within subjects reversal design was used with 2 dogs to compare the behavioral effects of continuous pairings (C+F condition) vs. intermittent pairings (C+C+F condition) of the clicker with food. Results show that the C+C+F condition affects the frequency, accuracy, topography, and intensity of the behavior, and increases noncompliance and other unwanted behaviors. This study adds to the literature by evaluating the effects of conditioned reinforcement in an applied setting using discrete trials without undergoing extinction.

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Wennmacher, Pamela L. Effects of Click + Continuous Food Vs. Click + Intermittent Food on the Maintenance of Dog Behavior., thesis, May 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3598/: accessed October 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .