Bribes or Rewards?
You Need to Know the Difference
Your dog is looking at you, about 15 feet away. He wonâ€™t budge. Youâ€™ve called him 10 times already. Nothing. You go back into the house, pull a hot dog out of the fridge, and go back outside to approach your dog. Lucky you, he comes running as soon as he smells it.
Thatâ€™s a bribe: It made your dog come to you. It came before your dog came to you.
You call your dog and he comes bounding over to you. You tell him what a good boy he is and you pop a piece of a hot dog into his mouth to reward him for his good behavior.
Thatâ€™s a reward: It came after your dog came to you. It reinforced the dogâ€™s (good) decision to move in your direction.
Continue reading to learn the difference between rewards and bribes...