Dogs are ideally suited to short and light work but they can generally be accommodated in the workday working with a full time group of employees. Full time workers should be able to support themselves in the house but can be in a comfortable environment whilst making money and being involved with their work. It is also desirable to work dogs as part of a team to maximise the potential rewards and social interactions that working with dogs can offer.
How is the dog training performed?
Dogs are often trained and monitored to the point where all of their behaviors and demands in a given environment are met and under control. This can be performed using traditional methods of reinforcement or training. More recently, dogs’ ability to understand the demands placed on them is being tested through the use of operant conditioning. In operant conditioning, a dog is trained to do a response in response to a cue, then the behavior can be rewarded by an object that is placed in the environment.
Cues for training dogs are found in daily experiences around dogs and their habitats, with dogs being rewarded when they meet a number of these cues, for example when they smell a scent or a dog bark.
The idea of operant conditioning was introduced to the world at the beginning of 2000 with the publication of the first book by Tim Harford ‘Dog and Human Training’, which explains operant conditioning and training dogs, in a practical and easily learned way for all canine trainers. The book was followed by the highly acclaimed ‘Dog and human trainer’ and training guide ‘The Guide for dog trainers and dog owners’, which contains detailed training plans and strategies for both dog owners and trainees.
This is the first blog post in a series of articles describing one of the best apps I’ve worked on. I hope others will find it entertaining. I’ll provide some details, but I assume you already know of these.
The story starts some five years ago at a conference called “Software Engineering Live”. I went to New York and met with some fellow developers from other regions, to talk about software engineering, where my first ever “big project” was built. I’ll be sure to blog in the beginning about the conference and how my role there was different from what I am about to describe.
I was introduced to people there for the first time who were working on an app in the mobile space. I don’t remember if they had been building apps for a while or if they were new at it…
We were all very
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