Introduction: Making Dogs Happy: Part 1—Catalyst (03:31)
Meet three dog owners who will participate in a 2-week challenge using the latest science to supercharge their canine communication skills and develop a happier relationship with their dogs.
Bridging Reinforcer (02:50)
Marine biologist and former seal trainer, Ryan Tate gets a baseline of each owner's current canine communication skills. The dogs are tested for their preferred reinforcer (reward preference), which is then matched with a sound.
Learning Theory (02:06)
This goes back over 100 years and has been used in marine mammal training for decades. Understanding learning theory helps a dog owner communicate clearly. Forming a new association requires immediate reinforcement; Mali, the seal, demonstrates.
Effects of Delayed Reinforcement (03:00)
In this experiment, we see how a one second delay can confuse a canine. A bridge reinforcer communicates to the dog why it is being rewarded. Shorter duration sessions are better for learning.
Do Dogs Like Hugs? (02:15)
A Canadian scientist found that out of 300 photos of dogs being hugged, 82% showed signs of stress. Learn behaviors that indicate stress.
Reading a Dog's Emotions (03:34)
Dog owners watch a video clip of a dog being petted. They discuss signs of stress shown by the dog. Next, they analyze videos of their own dogs.
Guilty Look/Expression (03:12)
In this experiment, the owner is tricked into thinking the dog took a treat without permission. Its guilty look is one of appeasement to ward off anger. Compared to wolves, dog brains are exquisitely attuned to human signals.
Poppy: Find the Wallet (02:32)
On day four of the dogmanship science course, Claudia tests Poppy on her bridge before teaching her to find a wallet.
Sniff Testing Roxy and Angus (02:55)
Dogs enjoy being mentally challenged. Leanne has noticed increased happiness and a deeper connection with Roxy. Tate baits keys with food to get Angus' interest.
Homework, Review, and Preview (01:30)
Tate briefs the dog owners on their assignments. He believes Angus' cannot focus due to his high food drive. Hear what is covered in part two of this series.
Credits: Making Dogs Happy: Part 1—Catalyst (00:07)
Credits: Making Dogs Happy: Part 1—Catalyst
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