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Reward vs aversive training techniques

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Reward vs aversive training techniques

Postby Pajarita » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:27 am

This study was done on dogs but I think the results are even more valid with parrots because dogs are not only a domesticated species that has been bred for thousands of years to be human- oriented AND they belong to a hierarchical society where learning rules and obeying a 'leader' or 'alpha' is part of their genetic make-up. And the study found that aversive techniques create not only much more stress during the training but also affect the animal's outlook, making the dogs that were training harshly 'pessimistic' toward humans intentions, in general.

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Re: Reward vs aversive training techniques

Postby Michael » Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:54 pm

Key difference is that parrots are prey animals and aversive techniques evoke fight or flight which only leads to more biting and problems.
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Re: Reward vs aversive training techniques

Postby Pajarita » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:05 am

Correct and an excellent point I failed to mention! Predator and prey species always react completely differently to the same stimulus.
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