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Actions Not Words

This is sort of a conceptual followup to the Because We Let Them series (along with Because We Let Them: Addendum).  I’ll try to keep it short and to the point, to give you a break after the last monster series.  Also, it gives me the option to better explain something that I fear may have been taken out of context in Because We Let Them: Part 4 when I talked about doing the wrong thing for seemingly the wrong reason (which I’ll address through a comment that was left on the article).

Perhaps my favorite illustration of the point I want to talk about today occurs in the movie Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.  In it, Bruce Lee is going up the stairs and tells his wife Linda “I love you.”  She replies “In all the years we’ve been together, you’ve never said that.” And Bruce replies “But I meant it every day.” … Keep Reading

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An Addendum to Because We Let Them

I ran Tour of Chicago: 2011 Race Report Part 2 on Wednesday so I could fit this in today before launching into a 6 part, 3-week mega series that I’m starting next week.  This is a followup to the Because We Let Them series, some thoughts that either occurred to me afterwards or that I just left out because I didn’t plan it out well enough.  It’s sort of a grab bag of topics on the stuff I touched on in that series.


Random Reinforcement is Not Reinforcing Randomly

This is just one of those little pedantic notes both to illustrate a different concept and to make sure that I didn’t give people the wrong idea about what I meant by writing confusingly.  In Because We Let Them Part 1, I talked about how, once a behavior is established, moving to a random reinforcement schedule tends to reinforce it further. … Keep Reading

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An Update on Loretta from the AHS

I wanted to give an update on Loretta today, so that everyone who was nice enough to donate to help her (and my other dogs) as outlined in Volunteering at the Austin Humane Shelter: Thank You will know what’s going on.

Friday, Loretta went in for her surgery.  I had actually volunteered to pick her up at the vets since it’s close to where I live but apparently she doesn’t like riding in cars and they didn’t want her to mess my back seat.  So shelter staff took her up in a van and brought her back.

And she’s doing wonderfully.  Her eye was removed and, like dogs who have a leg removed, she’s doing just fine.  Dogs are adaptable, they don’t have time to mope.  Her mange is also clearing up and her overall skin and fur condition is better.  She’s still under clinic watch, they’ve been trying to clear her of ringworm for a while. … Keep Reading