I love this demonstration of the principles of positive reinforcement, as presented by the Big Bang Theory. Today, we’re celebrating BF Skinner, the father of positive reinforcement dog training. Positive reinforcement is one of the four quadrants that he pinpointed as part of “operant conditioning.” Operant is another one of those weird Skinner words that probably could’ve used a go over in the ad offices of Sterling Cooper. “Operant” simply means that the trainee is “operating” on their environment to affect change. God, even I fell asleep during that sentence. Sorry. Just watch the sitcom’s explanation. If you like it, I’ll scratch your belly.