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Dog Training and Behavior Terms

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There are currently 4 names in this directory beginning with the letter L.
Latency.
Latency is the time between the cue and the beginning of the pet's response, the behavior.
Law of Effect.
Edward Lee Thorndike, the first important animal researcher observed through his research what is now known as the ‘law of effect’. It states that ‘any behavior which is accompanied by satisfying and agreeable consequences maybe repeated and those which are followed by undesirable consequences will most probably be terminated.’
Learning.
A biological process by which behavior is changed as a result of experience. Conditioning!
Luring.
Luring simply involves using a food reward to guide the dog into the desired position or behavior. Example: place a piece of food by a sitting dogs nose and start luring him into a down position.

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