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April 30th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
Was watching The Celebrity Apprentice last night and I thought of the time Rach and I went to Atlantic City.
I don’t gamble much, so when we went into Trump’s casino, I sat at the bar and ordered a drink.
I handed the bartender a $100 bill and he would not accept it. When I asked why, he stated that he could not make change.
I was stunned. Sitting in Trump’s casino surrounded by thousands of slot machines and they could not make change.
…you can learn a lot from slot machines when it comes to dog training.
You see, one question I get a lot in The Ultimate Online Recall Course is:
“When can I stop using treats?”
This is where it is important to understand slot machines and soda machines.
Soda machines are predictable and boring. You put your money in and out pops a soda but…
…slot machines are exciting.
You put your money in and you never know what is going to happen.
And that my friend is the secret to behavior.
It has to do with reward schedules.
A soda machine is on a continuous reinforcement schedule. A slot machine is on a variable reward schedule.
When you first start training your dog it is important to train using a continuous reward schedule.
But as your dog learns, you need to switch to a variable reward schedule.
Your dog will actually work harder and it will improve performance because when the reinforcement is NOT on a schedule it becomes more exciting.
No one gets excited about soda machines, but people will travel thousands of miles and spend thousands of dollars for a little excitement.
So become a slot machine when you are training your dog.
The Ultimate Online Recall Course is NOT a gamble, it is an investment in the most important command you can teach your dog.
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