Incentive motivation in pet dogs – preference for constant vs varied food rewards

  title={Incentive motivation in pet dogs – preference for constant vs varied food rewards},
  author={Annika Bremhorst and Sarah B{\"u}tler and Hanno W{\"u}rbel and Stefanie Riemer},
  booktitle={Scientific Reports},
Recently, there has been a move towards positive reinforcement using food rewards in animal training. By definition, rewards function as reinforcers if they increase or maintain the frequency of behaviour that they follow. However, in operant conditioning tasks animals frequently show systematic changes in performance – in particular a reduction in responding over time. One suggested strategy to avoid such performance decrements is to provide a variety of food rewards, rather than the same food… CONTINUE READING
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