Operant conditioning: effectiveness and welfare implications

Australia has one of the highest dog ownership rates in the world, with many dog owners reporting one or more problem behaviours in their dogs.  Although classical conditioning is utilised in dog training, trainers primarily use operant conditioning.  Operant conditioning is the acqui

Working farm dog performance and longevity

Increasing the success rate of working dogs on Australian farms has the potential to improve efficiency for farmers and the welfare of their dogs. A survey of over 800 Australian stock dog owners is currently under analysis. Data have been gathered about 4,000+ of their dogs, past and