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ASAT Conference 2018: Emily Larlham on ” Using multiple markers to prevent mixed messages.”

This is the fourth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking. If you post a comment or email me, I can try to clarify or provide some additional […]

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ASAT Conference 2017: Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz on “Conditioned Reinforcers are Worth Maintaining.”

In this short presentation, Jesús Rosales-Ruiz revisited the question: “Do I have to treat every time I click?” He said that this question constantly comes up and that different trainers have different answers. Before I share the details of his presentation, I want to mention that he said he chose to use the words “click” and “treat” because he was trying to avoid using too much scientific jargon.    But, as he […]

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Marker Signals: Thinking Beyond the Click

Clicker training gets its name from the use of a clicker (or click) to mark behavior, but that doesn’t mean that a clicker is the only effective way to mark behavior. A clicker is just one of the most frequently used options because it is short, salient, and produces the same sound every time (mostly…). It also has the advantage that it’s a novel sound for most animals, so there are […]

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One of the advantages of clicker training is that the use of a marker signal (the click) allows the trainer to tell the animal exactly what behavior she is reinforcing. When we observe an animal, it is tempting to think of behavior as discrete units, but a more accurate description of behavior would be what Dr. Susan Friedman calls a “stream of behavior,” where behavior is constantly changing and each […]

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