Navre wrote:We give them foraging toys because they seem to enjoy, or otherwise benefit from the mental stimulation. I don't see why the same wouldn't be true of other training.
Wolf wrote:I watch all of my animals on a daily basis and I see that there are things that they all do simply because they enjoy doing it. This has been true of every type of animal that I have ever had the pleasure of working and playing with. I know that they do things because they like the rewards of praise, getting scratched, and sometimes for the reward of a treat. I very often don't have a food reward for them and although they like getting scratched and getting praise, I still think that there are a lot of things that they do because the simply enjoy doing it. Simply enjoyment is a reward all by itself and is probably the best reward there is for doing anything. I try not to put human thoughts and feelings to the things that my animal friends do, but I think that when we say that everything they do is for a reward that we provide, that we are assuming that they don't enjoy things on their own and I really don't think that is true. While they do learn things from us and in many cases the enjoy the treats and interactions that come with it, I do not rule out the possibility that they may also enjoy some of the things that they were taught. Enjoyment is a reward, a very good reward, it just isn't always derived from us.
Pajarita wrote:Yes, but with humans, sometimes the only reward is the mental stimulation -as in people who do crossword puzzles, for example, or people who go to school for no other reason that they like to learn whereas parrots don't seem to be like that, for them, there has to be a reward that brings them actual physical pleasure and not just intellectual stimulation.
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