Classical conditioning refers to a learning process where learning occurs by association. You condition your dog’s innate reflexes to react to subtle signals. Over time, your dog learns to associate the signal with the event. Mastering the concept of classical conditioning will help you understand how your dog understands, relates to and interprets information.

This form of learning is also known as Pavlovian or associative learning. Ivan Pavlov was a Russian physiologist who discovered that dogs automatically salivated when presented with food. He trained his dogs to associated the ringing of a bell with the presentation of food, and eventually was able to make the dogs salivate with only the ringing of a bell.

PAVLOV’S Principles of Classical Conditioning

  1. The unconditioned response was the dogs’ natural salivation in response to seeing or smelling their food.
  2. The unconditioned stimulus was the sight or smell of the food itself.
  3. The conditioned stimulus was the ringing of the bell, which previously had no association with food.
  4. The conditioned response, therefore, was the salivation of the dogs in response to the ringing of the bell, even when no food was present.

Examples

Unknowingly, you may have already applied the principals of classical conditioning to your dog. If your dog enjoys walks, and associates the sound of his leash being removed from its spot with an imminent walk, does he get excited just by hearing the leash? That’s classical conditioning at work.

A less fun example may be your dog’s reaction to the vet. Under normal circumstances, he may not have a problem being touched by strangers. But unpleasant memories of previous vet visits may make him associate the vet with stress and discomfort, causing uncharacteristic fear or aggression.

Another common example occurs when new puppy owners first start taking their pup out on a leash. When they encounter another dog, the new pet parent will protectively tense and hold the leash tight when they encounter another dog. It’s understandable. It’s an instinctive response. But the unintentional result can be your dog mirroring your tense, protective behavior whenever he sees another dog on a walk.

in a nutshell

Legendary animal behaviorist, Bob Bailey, whose credits include being the Director of Training for the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, explains classical conditioning this way: your dog develops a positive, negative or neutral association with all of the stimuli around him. Simply put, when you’re training your dog, everything counts.

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Don't shop Adopt Love. ❤️ Remembering my beloved Lincoln the Great Dane, passing away on January 16, 2016 at the emergency hospital due to severe respiratory distress. A complication of becoming paraplegic 2 months prior...and initially having contracted a bone infection brought on by a highly resistant bacteria in April 2015. . In the span of about 5 weeks, Lincoln had lost bowel control so I'd clean him upwards of 7 times a day. Administered his urine catheters. . On New Year's day, xrays were taken to check his lungs. . On the day Lincoln died, his lungs were almost entirely compromised by pneumonia. . I had prepared for a vet to come to Lincoln to let him go on the Monday but he deteriorated quickly. . My grief was beyond anything I've experienced. Beyond the passing of my mom or dad. . One significant note...because of Lincoln's extremely strong antibiotics, it killed all the probiotics in his body. They believe that contributed to the severity and immediacy of his pneumonia. . The vet never told me to give him probiotics. The emergency vet was surprised. . Lincoln was with me for 22 months. My first rehab, too. He was 7 1/2 years old. To put his shortened life in perspective...he was bred from CKC champions. Most of his siblings lived longer than him. His mother lived to 13, dying of bloat. His father crossed over last year. . Owning a pet is for Life. . ==== . Any dog can be rehabilitated. From mildly dysfunctional to extremely dangerous exceeding 150 lbs. . NO medication. No treats. Just a collar and leash. . SPONSOR code 'AABB15' @hempmypet for 15% off HempMyPet.com . 'AN EXPERIENCED TRAINER CAN HELP YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR DOG' . YouTube link in my profile. . Arf Arf Bark Bark Rescue Foundation . 'James Tsai, Canada's dog whisperer of extremely dangerous dogs' . #greatdane #jindodog #aggressivedogs #horses #dogrescue #cutedogs #Korea #dogtraining #dogstagram #animalhopeandwellnessfoundation #rescuedogs #adoptdontshop #vancouver #dogs #reactivedogs #bible #dogsofinstagram #lawyer #shelterdog #doctors #germanshepherd #puppy #dogwhisperer #cat #dogday #leash #animals #catsofinstagram #canada #ArfArfBarkBark