|MadSci Network: Zoology|
I am happy to answer this question as an expert of sorts. I have bred and trained working sheepdogs for 30 years. I'm not sure that dogs have a memory in the same way we understand memory. We add lots of human story-like packages to memory. We remember things in context or setting. Dogs seem to 'learn' and hold that learning for their lives. When training a dog it only takes one or two repititions of punishment for the dog to take this learning and hold it for ever. The punishment must be immediate and relate exactly to the behaviour though. I don't understand your last sentence. Ignoring a dog is not a punishment. It may upset the dog... but cannot be related to a behaviour so would not contribute to learning. Responding to behaviour as opposed to ignoring can reinforce it as a reward though. I hope that helped. Cheers Royce
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