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What I want to do is train my dog to shake with either paw upon request If I say right I want him to raise his right paw and the same for the left I would use operant and classical conditioning to reach the goal of teaching this trick to my dog I must condition the dog to shake by using positive reinforcement The dog Max already puts his paw on me when I grab his head so I will act like I am going to reach for his head and when he puts his paw on me I will say shake Every time he puts his paw on me after I say shake I will give him a liver treat Once I have conditioned him to shake it will then be time to differentiate right from left I want the words shake right and shake left to be the conditioned stimulus CS and the raising of the appropriate paw to be the conditioned response CR I will condition the unconditioned response UCR shaking the unconditioned stimulus UCS tapping his leg by using operant conditioning and liver treats as positive reinforcement Day 1 I began by acting like I was going to grab Max head Just as I suspected he put his paw on my arm I tapped his leg and I gave him a treat as a positive reinforcer I am using operant conditioning at this point in order to establish an unconditioned stimulus taping Max leg and an unconditioned response putting his paw in my hand Once I have shaped this behavior I can then go on to the second phase using Pavlovs classical conditioning Day 2 After two days of fixed ratio reinforcement Max is beginning to give a conditioned response every time I tap his leg Every time I tap his leg we exchange a paw for a liver treat I am using continuous reinforcement today Day 3 I have switched
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