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Telecourses: Cue Tips: The Science Underlying Cueing


Your Instructor: Ms. Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB
Facilitated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB and Dan Estep, Ph.D., CAAB

Whether we are trainers or pet owners, we want the animals we are training to respond accurately, immediately, and happily to the cues (what we are likely to call “commands”) we give them.  Once our pets – usually we think of dogs -  are “trained”, we expect “Sit”, “Down”, “Come”, “Stay” and any number of other words to be followed by the right behavior because the pet “knows” the cue/command and “knows” he should do what we ask.

When our pets don’t respond as we want them to, we accuse them of being stubborn, only “doing it when they want to”, and knowing what they “should” do but refusing to “obey”.

There are likely many factors that influence why animals don’t respond in the ways we desire or think they should, but one important reason is they are confused because the cues we are giving them are unfamiliar and/or unclear. 

This course will give you an understanding of the science that underlies cueing to help you improve your ability to choose, add and maintain cues.

We’ll start off by discussing the differences between “cues” and “commands”.  And – do you believe cues motivate behavior? You’ll discover the answer in this course. 

To decrease cue confusion, you must consider the type of cue, its salience, distinctiveness, and consistency. Kathy will teach you how.

You’ll learn when to add cues and several methods to add them.  Discover when cues can serve as reinforcers and how to change cues using classical conditioning.

Effective training results in reliable responses to cues.  If your training isn’t producing the results you want, part of the problem may be how you introduced and attempted to maintain cues.  Learn how to improve your use of cues, resulting in better training, improved client satisfaction, and better performance from the animals you are working with.

Kathy lectures all over the world, and most of you are quite familiar with her, but if you want more info,  Click Here to read her bio on her website.  Now, you have another chance to learn from Kathy without leaving your home!  Such a deal.

Here’s what just a few participants had to say about Kathy’s recent “Positive Reinforcement: Beyond Food” course:

 “This was so interesting.  Kathy was a fun speaker to listen to.  So upbeat.  I loved her energy.  She had a way of explaining something so that I really found myself shaking my head as to say ‘now I get it and that makes so much sense’.   Debbie

 “There were several "wow!" moments each week in the material.  I thought the concept of luring using food becoming a poisoned cue was remarkable.  Thanks for putting on such an interesting session!”  Petra

With those descriptions we know you won’t want to miss this opportunity to take advantage of Kathy’s in depth experience and knowledge as well as her enthusiasm for teaching. 

This course has been approved for 2.5 CEUs from CCPDT.  And remember if you were a BEN member you would have continued access to this course via replay as long as you remain a BEN member.  Click Here to learn more about our Behavior Education Network. 

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 a week.

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 info@animalbehaviorassociates.com

Your Registration Fee $79    If you were a BEN Pro Member you’d pay only $64 (a 20% discount).  Current BEN members - you MUST log into BEN and register from BEN to receive your discount.

Fee: $79
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