Evaluating a humane alternative to the bark collar: Automated differential reinforcement of not barking in a home-alone setting

Alexandra Protopopova, Dmitri Kisten, Clive Wynne

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop a humane alternative to the traditional remote devices that deliver punishers contingent on home-alone dog barking. Specifically, we evaluated the use of remote delivery of food contingent on intervals of not barking during the pet owner's absence. In Experiment 1, 5 dogs with a history of home-alone nuisance barking were recruited. Using an ABAB reversal design, we demonstrated that contingent remote delivery of food decreased home-alone barking for 3 of the dogs. In Experiment 2, we demonstrated that it is possible to thin the differential-reinforcement-of-other-behavior (DRO) schedule gradually, resulting in a potentially more acceptable treatment. Our results benefit the dog training community by providing a humane tool to combat nuisance barking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2016

Keywords

  • Animal welfare
  • Differential reinforcement of other behavior
  • Dog training
  • Problem behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science

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