This seminar, concerning the basics of the science that informs behavior training, especially serves those who might be relatively new to dog training and behaviorology (the natural science of the behavior of all animals, including dogs and cats and humans, etc.) as well as serves those who are seeking some professional review of this science. As such, the seminar explores behavior as a natural phenomena that we study as the effect (the dependent variable) that occurs as a function of a range of causes (independent variables) both behind and beyond clicker training. After considering a range of behavior types (e.g., motor, neural, operant) we examine both some factors that induce behavior to occur (e.g., eliciting and evocative stimuli) and some factors that increase or decrease the occurrence of behavior (e.g., added, unconditioned, and conditioned reinforcers, the last of which is the basic variable that makes clicker training work). We finish with some practices that can include clicker training in their application (e.g., differential reinforcement, shaping, and chaining), and we may even have time to consider some research designs that you can include in your practices. This first seminar provides enough information to enable benefitting from attending the second seminar in this two–seminar series. The reference material for these seminar is my book, Running Out of Time—Introducing Behaviorology to Help Solve Global Problems. This book is available at the Conference; while having a copy at the seminar will be convenient, it is not required.
Describe a variety of descriptive and functional behavior types.
Recognize and apply some causal concepts to the three parts of the basic contingency formula for behavior.
Recognize and apply some simple forms of the standard procedural practices for adjusting contingencies so that behavior repertoires expand or change.