How could you use operant conditioning to change the behavior of a person or animal?​

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Psychologists like B. F. Skinner have studied how we can use operant conditioning to change the behavior of people and animals. Drawing on your personal experience, choose a person or animal whose behavior you want to change. (You may select your own behavior for this question if you wish.) How could you use operant conditioning to change the behavior of this person or animal?

In a multi-paragraph essay, describe your plan to change this behavior. Be sure to mention what type of reinforcer and reinforcement schedule you would use and explain why you made those particular choices. Include information from class materials, readings, and research on operant conditioning to support your discussion.

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Rex has been my dog for the past two years, but he is overly inactive. During our playtime,
he loses interest fast and refuses to play catch or race with me. I try hard to get him play, but
sometimes he gets agitated and scratches me with his paws as a way to show me that he is not
interested in games. He cannot do any tricks which makes him boring. Rex has also been
refusing to go on walks with me on a leash. He struggles to let off his leash which he bites
off from my hands. I would like to change this, make him compliant and less aggressive. I
intend to use operant conditioning to change Rex and make him friendly.
Skinner (1963) defines operant conditioning as ...

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Thanks, good work

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