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Mushin' Down a Dream in the Wilds of Alaska

Influential People in the Development of Learning Theory Part 3

By Robert Forto Breland and Bailey In 1938, Marian Kruse, a research assistant, was bitten by one of B. F. Skinner’s lab rats.  On her way to receive medical attention Kruse met Keller Breland, a brilliant and ambitious graduate student in psychology. A professional and personal relationship developed and they were married in 1941; the same year the United States …

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How to Choose a Dog Trainer

By Robert Forto My name is Robert Forto and I am the owner and training director of Denver Dog Works in Colorado and Alaska Dog Works, and my team of trainers and I have built our reputation on the fact that we know our stuff and we are able to provide you and your dog with the most complete up-to-date training methodology. …

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Achieving Success Using Mental Performance Training Part 1

Achieving Success Using Mental Performance Training Part 1 By Robert Forto, PhD Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Japanese Proverb Many competitive human/canine teams, whether in the ring, on the trail, or on the field, are so busy preparing and being busy that they have no idea where their busy-ness is taking them. In …

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Influential People in the Development of Learning Theory Part 3

Influential People in the Development of Learning Theory Part III By Robert Forto, PhD Skinner, Keller, and Schoenfeld B.F. Skinner (1904-1990) continued the work that Thorndike started.  He was the leading advocate of a more modern version of Thorndike’s Law of Effect, which states, “The frequency of a behavior increases or decreases according to the result it [the behavior] produces.” …

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5/22/10 Denver Dog Works Helps Owners Live Happily with their Dogs

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Robert Forto, at 303-578-9881 Denver Dog Works Helps Owners Live Happily with their Dogs Denver dog Works, a Denver based dog training company trains all types of dogs-and their owners-in a variety of classes and programs from the working dog to the family pet. “I have found the #1 problem people encounter with their …

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Segment Topics

Media: Are you looking for a segment for your publication, newscast, radio show or interview? Canine behaviorist, Robert Forto has over 20 years working with dogs. Please contact him directly for more information. Popular segments by Robert Forto, canine behaviorist Move Over Rover: Babies and the Family Dog Why breed legislation is stupid Why Christmas Puppies are a bad idea …

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Expert Witness For Canine Aggression Cases

By Robert Forto Attorneys may be uncertain about the benefits of retaining an expert in animal behavior in dog bites cases, or how such an expert can help. This is understandable: In Colorado, and in many other states, the law specifies strict liability for injuries caused by a dog bite. Thus, when only damages are contested, the animal behavior expert’s role …

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Influential People in the Development of Learning Theory Part 2

By Robert Forto Pavlov, Thorndike, and Watson Many attribute the beginning point of modern theories of behavior to Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936).  A Russian physiologist, and Nobel Prize winner, Pavlov studied digestion in dogs.  While conducting this research he observed his canine subjects salivating before the food was presented.  Pavlov reasoned that his dogs were displaying this behavior in response to …

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True Leadership

True Leadership Leadership is a buzzword in business. It is what we strive for in our communities and what we teach our children. Some leaders and politicians use devices that make them appear to be comfortable around all types of people. These leaders use methods to change their appearance and attitudes to fit the situation, placing on the seeming interest …

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The Truth About Dogs with Bite Histories

By Robert Forto It is always something that most dog owners have in the back of their minds – the horror of finding out, either first or secondhand, that your dog has bitten someone.  In some cases you know that it is a possibility, in other cases you are completely stunned that your dog could do something like this. While …

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