Ms. Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB, facilitated by Drs. Suzanne Hetts and Dan
To use positive reinforcement effectively, a trainer must
thoroughly understand what reinforcement means. Too often,
we equate positive reinforcement with a piece of food. While
this works in many cases, it is useless when a dog is too
full, frightened, or aroused to eat. Food is also a somewhat
contrived reinforcement; our clients don't typically wear
bait bags around the house.
Many trainers talk about "life rewards," those everyday
goodies such as the opportunity to go outside, to sniff a
tree, or to greet an approaching dog, that can be used to
reinforce desired behaviors in the dog. This approach is
similar to the Premack Principle, named after animal-learning
researcher David Premack, but doesn't fully take advantage
of his important concept. Premack said much more than "If
you eat your vegetables, you can have dessert" (a paraphrase
of his principle commonly used in the dog-training community).
Learn how Premack's laboratory-derived theory can help
you and your clients expand your dogs' motivational menus.
Discover novel techniques you can use to tap into the full
power of positive-reinforcement training.
In addition, we'll explore another method for creating
a broader array of positive reinforcers, this time derived
from the revolutionary research of Ivan Pavlov. His studies
of conditioned responses provide trainers and other behavior
professionals with clear procedures for developing a variety
of secondary reinforcers. It's all too easy to overlook the
power this process gives us to develop even more options for reinforcement.
We'll review the practical details of how to make the most of this
technique while avoiding errors.
Throughout the presentation, we'll examine real-life training applications
of these two scientific principles. You'll be inspired to think about
positive reinforcement more creatively and to spend time developing
more reinforcers for the dogs you work with - perhaps including your
Kathy lectures all over the world, and most of you are
quite familiar with her, but if you want more info, Click
read her bio on her website. Now, for the first -
but definitely not the last time - you'll be able to learn
from Kathy without leaving your home! Such a deal.
This course has been approved for 2.5 CEU hours from CCPDT.
It is now available two ways: LIVE and ON DEMAND.
The LIVE class is presented as a tele-webinar, with live
audio, visual graphics and photographs. You'll be able to
ask questions of the instructors in real time. Each weekly
session lasts approximately 1 ¼ hour. The course comes with
class notes and recommended readings.
Can't make the live course or afraid you'll have to miss
some classes? No worries - online replays are available immediately
after each session and for one week following the end of
the course. CEUs can be earned through listening to the replays
by correctly emailing us answers to "test" questions given
during the class.
The LIVE class isn't on our current schedule. Please
sign up for our ezine "Pet Behavior One Piece at a
Time" to be notified about when it will be offered next.
Take this class ON DEMAND now! The ON DEMAND class is a
recorded tele-webcast with the full content of the live class
including class discussion and class notes. You have one
month's online access to all class sessions and an opportunity
to ask questions of the instructors via email. Their answers
to your questions will be recorded and emailed to you within
You can earn CEUs by submitting emailed answers to questions
asked by the instructors during the recorded class. We'll
provide the details once you register.
Still have questions about the course? Email for more details firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Registration Fee $79 If you were a BEN Pro Member
you'd pay only $64 (a 20% discount)
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And watch for a second class from Kathy coming in March
on "Cue Tips" - the basic science that underlies
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