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active vs passive training: Article [dogster] & quiz

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by leashedForLife, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. leashedForLife

    Nov 1, 2009
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    lucyLastic said something brilliant, which i would love to discuss:
    "Anything you allow a dog to do is passive training.
    Anything you teach a dog to do is active training."

    here's an article explaining in more detail -
    Active vs. Passive Training

    differences in active vs passive learning, including retention -
    Active Vs. Passive Learning
    having 'learnt' it to regurgitate onto a test, how long does the acquired knowledge remain fluent or even

    * what's a common example of passive training?

    * what's a common sample of active training?

    * is it possible to actively train behaviors we Do Not Want?...
  2. lucylastic

    lucylastic PetForums VIP

    Apr 9, 2011
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    I particularly like the sentence at the end of the article "passive training is a way of life"
    so to answer the questions....
    an example of passive training - owner leaves food on worktop within dog's reach. Dog learns that counter surfing sometimes gets rewarded with food so repeats the behaviour.
    an example of active training - dog pulls on lead to get to park. owner stops and waits for dog to stop pulling. Dog learns not to pull.
    Yes we can actively train unwanted behaviours. For example, dog pulls on lead, owner says "heel" and pulls dog back. Dog learns that the heel position is at the end of the lead.
    IMO passive training is not the same as accidental training. Passive training is not always bad and active training is not always good.
  3. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

    Feb 25, 2010
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    example of active training = teaching dog to weave in and out of poles:)

    example of passive training = dog jumps up and gets it ears rubbed!!!!:nono:

    example of active training unwanted behaviour = dog jumps up and grabs sleeve of owner, owner laughs and begins tug of war to retrieve sleeve instead of issuing stern leave it command!!!!!:nono:
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