One of the most respected people in her field, and a faculty member of the Karen Pryor Academy, Dr. Susan Friedman Ph. D. was our inspiration for this month’s “Pearl of Wisdom” Her wise words follow on brilliantly from the wisdom shared in our last newsletter. We have been privileged to learn from Dr. Friedman through her online courses and at Clicker Expo for many years now. Her message is one that guides us in all our training here at DogLogic.
“No animal keeps behaving for bad outcomes. When a behavior is ineffective (from the behaving individual’s point of view), animals behave differently next time. But, to know what to do instead, animals need good outcomes, which serve as positive feedback about the adequacy of the behavior. This is learning: evolved flexibility. It is the nature of all animals to change what they do based on the feedback consequences provide.
Cultural fog has us groping inside the animal for what we need to break – its dominance, jealousy, or hormones – when we should be looking in the environment for the purpose behavior serves. Once we understand the purpose, we can train the animal to achieve that purpose by doing an appropriate alternative behavior* or teach new skills for new outcomes.”
– Dr. Susan Friedman Ph.D. – Psychology Today (read full article)
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