Relative efficacy of human social interaction and food as reinforcers for domestic dogs and hand-reared wolves

Short Synopsis: Social interaction is a relatively ineffective reinforcer compared to food for most dogs and wolves, producing lower responding and longer latencies than food.

Authors: Erica N Feuerbacher and Clive D. L Wynne

Publication: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 98(1): 105–129

Publication Date: July 2012

Applies To: Those resistant to using food in training.

Sample Size: 6 to 9 dogs, depending on which sub-experiment group

Limitations/Drawbacks: Extremely small sample size.

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3408722/

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