February 5, 2014
The Misbehavior of Organisms was published by Keller & Marian Breland after about 14 years of continued observation and training of thousands of animals. In the paper they questioned Skinner’s allegedly exhaustive classification of behavior into two types namely; Type S and Type R. But the Brelands’ stress that there are behaviors' which are neither S nor R types, instead they are instinctive or species specific. In other words, these instinctive behaviors are not under the control of reinforcements.
January 31, 2014
The purpose of this brief article is to demonstrate the value of identifying “good trainers” and incorporating this knowledge into your practice. The following recommendations represent a consensus document compiled by the authors as one of the final projects in the Advanced Applied Clinical Behavioral Medicine course at the 2004 NAVC PGI. Many of the authors are now using these recommendations in their practices in ways that have increased their productivity and altered the way they now practice medicine.
January 31, 2014
Veterinarians should play a key role in helping to guide clients towards trainers who use appropriate methods and have some baseline knowledge about dog behavior. For veterinarians who do not wish to cultivate relationships with specific trainers, but would like to give their clients guidance on choosing a trainer, providing a handout that their clients could use to screen trainers should help. The screening information below can also be downloaded as a handout from the ACVB website (www.dacvb.org). This screening process is designed to help clients avoid trainers who use methods that can often lead to more problematic behaviors and impair an animal’s welfare.
January 30, 2014
Practicing fetch and retrieve with Christie. She was rewarded with food treat after every successful retrieve. This behavior has been taught using only positive reinforcement and marker training.
January 28, 2014
The Pet Professional Guild Proudly Invites You to Attend The First Annual International Celebration of Force-Free Training and Pet Care, read about this event here: Calling All Pet Lovers This following training session is my way of showing how we can positively train our dogs to do all kinds of behaviors using positive reinforcement and marker […]
December 22, 2013
Originally posted on The Orca Project:
LETTER of the DAY: In light of SeaWorld’s recent media push, a former casual visitor Amy Costanzo, now a practicing attorney, cc’d The Orca Project on her letter to SeaWorld executives and shares her views on the marine park’s self-serving (and costly) attempt to “set the record straight“. Well done Amy! We couldn’t agree with you…