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Hi, I'm currently doing a project on animal behaviour with my main focus being dogs. I was just wondering if this hypothetical scenario was a negative reinforcement. I ask my dog to tap a bucket once to get a reward at the sound of the clicker. Although my dog doesn't hear the clicker and continues to tap the bucket. Due to this, I do not give them the treat. thanks for your time and sorry for any inconvenience.
 

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Hi, and it is no inconvenience. Negative reinforcement is incredibly difficult to give examples for dogs. I'm not quite sure what you mean by the dog
doesn't hear the clicker and continues to tap the bucket
We use reinforcement to create or increase a behaviour we want. So the 'not clicking and rewarding' would need to increase the likelihood of the dog tapping the bucket. So no, I don't think your example works. A more accurate example would be that the dog tapping the bucket makes something unpleasant stop (like an annoying noise). The noise is taken away (negative like in maths) to encourage the behaviour to be repeated.

Does that clarify things at all?

The first part of this reply that I wrote for someone else might help.

But please do come back with any questions.

 
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