I can’t believe how long it’s been since I updated this blog. I’ve been so bad. Gypsy and I have continued working on impulse control and also other games like tricks and stuff over the last few months, plus agility.
So in my last blog, I mentioned I wanted to go to Davis. I made it to Davis and I’m so glad I did. Sophia and Bob Bailey gave a fantastic seminar on Operant Conditioning and training.
The weekend started with a little dinner party at Sophia’s house for those who attended both days of the seminar and wanted to go and pay $20 for the catered meal. It was well-worth it. I met a few new people, met some that I have mutual contacts through, and it was a fun evening.
Then the seminar: Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm with a few short breaks. A lot of information was presented and I have to go through my notes and process it all.
Sophia wrapped up a summary she learned from Bob that she posted on her Facebook page:
Just finished a giving a two day seminar with Bob Bailey in Davis, CA! Took away some really important points from Bob—1) it’s even more important to avoid rewarding the unwanted behaviors than to reward the good behaviors. e.g. if you miss a reinforcement it’s not as bad as rewarding the wrong behavior. 2) The longer the time or distance or effort the animal has to go through to get the primary reinforcer (food) after receiving the click, the lower the value of the reinforcer becomes.
So Daisy (Peel), my agility instructor, has taken a few Chicken Camps with Bob and has told me about #1 a few times with our running contacts training. So I kind of knew about that but the rest was so eye-opening. Amazing material that’s only going to make my relationship and training with Gypsy better and better.
I’m in my hotel in Davis, where in a few hours Gypsy has a private consult with Sophia. I hope we go home with the many tools we need to change some of the unwanted behaviors I’m still trying to accomplish.
As Bob says, Think-Plan-Do.