2014 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

FR12 - Isn't it Time for Applied Learning Theory

Oct 17, 2014 3:15pm ‐ Oct 17, 2014 4:45pm

Standard: $20.00

Description

In today's dog training, there is much more management and less reliability than 10-plus years ago - there is so much that we used to do in the 80s and 90s that we are no longer doing. When training doesn't work that well, people will search for alternative methods, often with the (usually false) assumption that aversive treatment is better for resolving behavior problems and producing greater reliability than a reward–based program. Pet dog training is in dire need of re-invention. Most owners quickly master the beginning steps of training, but few manage to finish the job and produce a confident and friendly adult dog that is under verbal off-leash control without the continued use of training aids. Pet dog training is in dire need of re-invention. Most owners quickly master the beginning steps of training, but few manage to finish the job and produce a confident and friendly adult dog that is under verbal off-leash control without the continued use of training aids. This seminar will revitalize the spirit and soul of dog training in this sterile quantum world of clicks and kibble and jerks and shocks. We will discuss when and how to phasing out the necessity of lures (within the first session) and rewards, many owners continue using food and toy lures plus clicks and food rewards for ever. Lures quickly become bribes and soon, attention and compliance become dependent on the owner having food or a clicker in their hand or pocket.

Learning Objectives:

  • Are somewhat new to the industry of professional dog training
  • Have an introductory understating of learning theory, operant, and classical conditioning
  • Are struggling to quickly phase out lures & rewards

Speaker(s):

  • Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS, CPDT, Director, Center of Applied Animal Behavior

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