Quotes

Hi, world!

On this page, I would like to put quotes by professional animal trainers and behavior analysts. Those quotes will give you Aha moment,  make you think about what you are doing with your animal, re-think your training plan, guide the way you think about behavior-environment contingency/relation, help you seek and find a new and better ways to approach/train, and improve your training skills!

Read them out loud words by words.
Catch the concept and philosophy behind it.
Explore and play around with them.
Own it.

Here we go!



“Regard no practice as immutable.
  Change and be ready to change again.
  Accept no eternal verity.
  Experiment.”
by B. F. Skinner

“Apply principles correctly and they will work for you.
Apply them incorrectly and they will work against you.
Ignore them and you may never know why things turn out the way you expected.”
by Robert F. Mager, 1997

The environment made its first great contribution during the evolution of the species, but it exerts a different kind of effect during the lifetime of the individual, and the combination of the two effects is the behavior we observe at any given time. Any available information about either contribution helps in prediction and control of human behavior and in its interpretation in daily life. To the extent that either can be changed, behavior can be changed.
by B. F. Skinner, 1976

“Behavior is not what an animal is or has;
  Behavior is what an animal does that can be measured.”
by Susan Friedman

Training is not something that you do to the learner,
  it is something that you do with the learner.
  It is a dialogue, not a monologue.
by Susan Friedman

What is the behavior for?
It is the control of the environment.
Behavior is a tool to operate environment.

by Susan Friedman

Get my hands off from a lead rope, how am I gonna do it?
  Now what?
  Now, what am I gonna do?”
by Peggy Hogan

* Peggy started her trailer loading lecture with these sentences at Clicker Expo in March 2016.  The lead rope in this context includes halter and whip. Without using those tools, she wanted to train a horse to voluntarily load into a trailer at liberty. How did she do it? Arranging the environment, shaping, positive reinforcement, are key to this training.

If you have any problems,
your timing, criteria, the rate of reinforcement are wrong.

by Bob Bailey

Watch your training video with a sound off.
If you cannot tell the criteria, the dog may not know the criteria.

by Sarah Owings

I feel good about shaping behaviors in a manner that keeps a horse’s body sound. You really want to take the time to investigate what does it mean to have movements that are good for the horse’s body.
by Peggy Hogan