Learning Theory is considered to be one of the core bodies of information all dog trainer needs. But how many of us really understand why learning theory affects the dog’s behavior in the first place? Translating the technical jargon into common sense explanations in the natural world makes this all-toooften dull and dry material come to life.Speaker(s):
Applied Behavior Analysis is a discipline which has developed over the past three decades applying the principles of
reinforcement derived from the behavioral laboratory to the treatment of people, especially children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Wynne will discuss recent research at the Canine Cognition and Behavior Laboratory at the University of Florida that has applied the techniques of ABA to behavioral problems in dogs.
Although dogs arose during human time, we have no records of how they came into being. Over the last few years Dr.
Wynne has been traveling the world picking up pieces of the lost history of the dog. He will report from Siberia, where he observed the famous tame foxes; Moscow and Nassau where he followed street dogs; Melbourne where he met dingoes, and several other locations that helped Dr. Wynne come to a deeper understanding of the origins of the ubiquitous - but also mysterious – dog.
While working at the Washington Humane Society, Amanda Leonard became very interested in the difficulty in placing large black dogs in forever homes and the problems the Humane Society faced in their spay/neuter rates. After returning to George Washington University, to complete her master’s degree, she used her background in shelter work to research these issues. She has published her results from her study on the “big black dog syndrome” and how the myth of gender affects spaying and neutering programs. Amanda will share her research projects and discuss how these issues can affect all of our efforts to keep and encourage permanent homes for pet dogs.Speaker(s):
Have you given the housetraining lecture 1000 times? Taught “sit” a million times? Explained how to stop a dog from
jumping a gazillion times? Could you recite your lesson plans in your sleep? Don’t phone in your instruction! Learn tips on keeping the profession and your perspective fresh, so you can offer your best to your students.
Want to teach your students to be more like dog trainers? Teach them to train silently. Our curriculum focuses on using body language and clickers so that guardians stop talking to their dogs and start communicating with them instead. The results? Students master training mechanics and enjoy quick, effective, stress-free training for both themselves and their dogs. Oh, and you get a calm, quiet classroom, too.Speaker(s):
An overview of why things may not work in the “real world’ the way they did in Dr. Skinner’s lab, and what you can do about it. Because humans are so inconsistent compared to a Skinner Box, dogs have untold opportunities to self-reinforce behaviors we may not like. In this class you will learn four cardinal rules and a five-word “language” which sets dogs up for success, as well as how to bring clarity to a muddy world, and why it may be okay to bend the rules a little here and there.Speaker(s):
Home consults offer business opportunities and challenges much different from group classes. Pricing, billing, screening clients, intake plans, cancellation policies, follow up plans and time management are key components but have very little to do with dog training but so much to do with running a successful business.Speaker(s):
This lecture will show the shortcomings of processed commercial diets. We will look at the difference between
what is commonly fed, and what evolving canines ate. Recent research on the nutritional benefits of feeding whole
foods will be presented. The lecture will convey the health advantages of feeding pets biologically appropriate foods.
You’re assessing your canine class lineup and there she is… hiding under a chair. It’s a timid wallflower quivering among the bouncy adolescents and puppies. While some fearful dogs clearly need private lessons, many shy dogs can learn to gain confidence and still succeed in group classes. This session will cover special considerations for helping shy dogs in group classes — as well as their owners!Speaker(s):