You are correct. What you are describing is a fised-interval schedule of reinforcement. The pattern of behavior that emerges indicates that the animal, once the behavior has been place on this scedule, will emit the behavior just prior to or at the end of the interval. There's not a lot of basic research with dogs, but here at the U of North Texas Dept of Behavior Analysis, we are doing some applied research with dogs and other animals. Wherever you look for information, make sure that you are looking at primarily behavior analytic sources. If you are interested in schedules of reinforcement, you probably want to focus on basic reasearch. The applied research will simply address specific training issues. Check out the Journal of the Experiemental Analysis of Behavior
and the ORCA, UNT's animal training research group
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