November 25, 2009
Can a punisher also be a reinforcer? A clicker trainer asked me: can a punisher also be a reinforcer? For example, Shutzhund working dogs take stick hits and come back fighting for more. It seems that they do not see it as punishment. Some world class trainers describe these dogs as adrenalin addicts. The short answer is, don’t equate an aversive stimulus with a punishment. A punishment, technically, is anything that shortens or stops a behavior. In these cases, you or I might do less of whatever we did that triggered an adversary to strike at us; a fighter might do more. An aversive stimulus is not necessarily punishing; it depends on the...
September 29, 2009
Book touring. I have developed a deep abiding love for my laptop. Speech at the St. Louis Zoo last night, first in 10 yrs without KPCT help and guidance at my elbow. OMG will the videos work? Will the stuff show up on the screen? Will I accidentally erase my powerpoint? Zoo has supermodern auditorium, yay. Here's your connections, yes you have sound. Gave my New talk re the experience of reaching animal minds, sharing with audience what THEY can do. New vids, new pics I took WITH my own new camera. All ran smoothly, ended on time, many laughs, v. popular, andLaptop came through like a great working dog. Sure, I can do that, watch me! Good laptop!!
September 24, 2009
Misha and I are on our usual walk. We live on a busy block emptying to a very heavy traffic street. A pretty little mini Schnauzer comes up to us. Who are you? And WHAT are you doing running around loose? This is my neighbor Lois'es dog, I bet. Never off a leash in her six years of life. Uhoh. Slightest hint of reaching for her, and she ducks away. I fear if I really try to catch her she'll bolt into traffic. But she's flirting with my Misha. He's charmed, too. Tails wag. I walk him up the block. The Schnauzer comes too. They play bow. Her driveway. She knows where she is, runs confidently ahead to her back gate--which is slightly open. That explains...
September 20, 2009
I'm getting ready for a ten-day trip to St. Louis and Denver, to teach and talk about modern operant training in the zoos and the major shelters in each city. I'll be hoping to blog every day about my experiences as I meet, talk with, and coach shelter trainers, zoo trainers, horse trainers, and people-teachers. Since Simon & Schuster's author pages are vetted before posting, they are sometimes delayed. For daily posts visit http://karenpryorblogspot.com or www.clickertraining.com. I'll summarize here too, though! KP