The Value (and Detriment) of Self-Rewarding Behaviours

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Pay attention to the habits that self-reward.

You can use them to your advantage, or you can fall prey to them.

Chewing a shoe is a self-rewarding activity for a dog. It releases endorphins, it soothes teething gums, it feels good — he will continue. It is not an activity he does for a reward; the activity is the reward. Though you may tell him…