But, during Collar Conditioning, something changes with how the dog understands it.
It's not just a matter of trying to escape or avoid it. They learn that they know HOW to escape or avoid it.
Difference is !
Ivan Pavlov never had a collar.
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Actually Bill when we start to talk about the similarity or difference between a marker and negative re-enforcement, it's a completely different discussion.
You're right, there's definitely an association. Turning of the pressure would be the same as the food/toy on the other side of the equation.
I suppose the marker is just a step in the chain that happens to be missing when we use -r.
Along the same lines, you should be able to condition an association between a collar correction and a particular whistle tone or trill through consistent application. Once the association is made you should be able to maintain it with intermittent application of the collar and associated whistle tone. Ultimately, you should be able to get the desired response from just the conditioned whistle tone in situations where the dog does not have the collar on. I am sure people do this already but I do not consciously make it part of my training program. I do use whistle modulation to communicate with the dog.
When a dog knows sit-to-flush, and a bird gets up, it can be held to a high enough standard that sit is enforceable with the collar, without the command being given.][/QUOTE]
Dog sampling a pile of birds on a blind. Push button ---dog returns
Dog drops bird on his way back from retrieve,,dog is screwing around---push button dog picks up bird and straightens his act out.
Dog returns after retrieve--- handler starts BSing-- dog veers off because of handlers lack of focus-handler wakes up-- handle rpushes button---dog returns to heel
Dog rolls bird in mouth--handler pushes button---dog stops rolling
It works for any well conditioned response in context