Intrinsic/extrinsic reinforcement & punishment

Discussion in 'Obedience Training' started by molly, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. molly New Member

    Hi, can somebody please explain to me the meanings of extrinsic & intrinsic reinforcement/punishment and possibly give dog training examples along with meanings??



  2. Jean Cote Administrator

    Sorry, I have never heard of those terms, where did you hear them?
  3. bipa New Member

    From an article entitled by Martin Deeley

    So an intrinsic punishment would be a dog's feeling of frustration and failure at not being able to reach the treats you left on the counter. An extrinsic punishment would be you getting out the water pistol and "shooting" the dog for counter surfing.

  4. yoyopoodle Well-Known Member

    I have only used it in terms of reinforcement, so that is how I'll explain it. Intrinsic comes from within - the dog naturally enjoys it... these actions or feelings are dependent on the individual dog. Some dogs like to bark, so if you ignore them they will bark more and more - the motivation is intrinsic - the behavior in and of itself makes them happy.
    Other dogs will only bark for attention, so if you ignore them they will soon be quite - those are the dogs that are not intrinsically motivated to bark.

    Extrinsic motivation is something that comes from the outside - something that you can provide them to make them happy, such as praise or playing tug.
    These are the things most of us do to let our dogs know we are happy with them/their performance.

    However, you can also use an intrinsic motivation as praise... anything the dog likes, right? So that dog who just loves to barkbarkbark all of the time, it can be put on command and used as praise - "Great sit, now you can speak!!!"
  5. liowkc New Member

    The sound of a clicker acts as a reinforcement because the dog will associate it with a primary reward stimulus such as a food. Thus the clicker has become one of the most popular training method acting as the reinforcer for good behavior.

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