Train Your Dog in 3 Easy Steps

Classical Conditioned Learning Theory

Classical Conditioning - Ivan Pavlov

FIRST STEP

Before Conditioning - In this stage, the Unconditioned Stimulus produces an Unconditioned Response. In simplicity this means that a stimulus in the environment has produced a behavior that is unlearned and therefore is a natural response that has not yet been taught. At this point your dog will not perform the intended action.

SECOND STEP

During Conditioning - In this stage, a neutral stimulus that produces no response is associated with the unconditioned stimulus and now becomes known as the conditioned stimulus. This is an important step because this is where your dog will learn the new behavior.

THIRD STEP

After Conditioning - In this stage, the Neutral Stimulus has been associated with the Unconditioned Stimulus to create a new Conditioned Response. At Last your dog will respond in the new trained behavior.

HERE IS A DIAGRAM TO ENHANCE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE THREE STEPS

VOICE COMMANDING YOUR DOG

  • The Unconditioned Stimulus in this scenario is making the dog perform the intended action to produce the Unconditioned Response of the dog performing the intended action
  • The Neutral/Conditioned Stimulus is your specific command words
  • The Conditioned Response is the dog performing the action

MAKING YOUR DOG EAT FOOD

  • The Unconditioned Stimulus in this scenario is the food to produce the Unconditioned Response of the dog salivating
  • The Neutral/Conditioned Stimulus is you ringing a bell or something of this nature
  • The Conditioned Response is the dog salivating

POTTY TRAINING YOUR DOG

  • The Unconditioned Stimulus in this scenario is taking the dog outside on the lawn to produce the Unconditioned Response of the dog doing his business
  • The Neutral/Conditioned stimulus is you snapping your fingers three times or anything of this nature
  • The Conditioned Response is the dog doing his business

YOU WILL BE AMAZED TO SEE THAT WHAT WAS ONCE AN UNLEARNED AND OUT OF NATURE ACTION, NOW A COMMON BEHAVIOUR

GOOD LUCK IN TRAINING YOUR DOG