Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pavlov and your dog – Part 1

Have you heard of Ivan Pavlov?

Here’s Ivan Pavlov’s famous “conditioned response” experiment:

Pavlov is a Russian scientist who conditioned dogs to initiate a salivary response to the sound of a bell. He measured the amount of salivation in response to only food. He continued by ringing a bell as he gave the food.

Once again, he detected a salivary response. At last, by just ringing the bell, he observed the same response as having presented food to the dogs – salivation. These experiments defined what has been a “conditioned response”.

It is this same principle that makes our our mouths water when we smell food :-)

So, how do Pavlov’s findings got to do with training your dog?

It is also this same principle that the clicker method is based upon… (see Part 2, the next article which will soon be posted, so please stay tuned).



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