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Punishment

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Learn how to effectively and ethically punish behaviors.

Decreasing the probability that an animal will perform a certain behavior is an important goal for an animal trainer. Learn to use appetitive and aversive motivators to decrease the probability of a behavior. Reflect on the consequences of using coercion as a motivator. Master the associated language. Explore punishment through reading, videos, and online activities. This achievement will be evaluated by a quiz and written essay assessment. This badge is required for anyone participating at Mustang Camp either as an intern or trainer.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Discuss various methods of reducing undesirable behaviors.
  • Identify the potential problems of using punishment.
  • Create a plan to reduce a behavior using positive reinforcement.