Social Reinforcement in the Dog

@article{Mcintire1967SocialRI,
  title={Social Reinforcement in the Dog},
  author={Roger W. Mcintire and Tara Colley},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  year={1967},
  volume={20},
  pages={843 - 846}
}
In order to isolate the effectiveness of some components of social reinforcement given to the dog by the human, precise measurements were recorded of six dogs' performance in a disciplined training program. Both verbal praise and petting were used as rewards. When petting was discontinued, verbal praise alone was not sufficient to maintain performance. However, performance was re-established when petting was again added in a later phase of the experiment. The authors conclude that the evidence… 

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