What is the Low Stress Handling™ Certification?

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  Dr. Sophia Yin’s pet-friendly animal handling techniques are shaping the new standard of care for petcare professionals. Low Stress Handling leads to safer and more satisfied staff, efficient workplaces, lowered liability, loyal clients, and of course, happy animals. Download your own copy of the Low Stress Handling Certification Guide now!! About this Program: Veterinary hospitals … Continued

Who Was B.F. Skinner: An Inside Look from a Fellow Behavior Analyst’s View

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Everyone who is serious about understanding animals and modifying behavior knows the research of B.F. Skinner well. But only a few have met him personally. In her new book The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, author Dr. Susan Schneider reveals some of the lessons she learned during her 15 year friendship with the Father of Operant Conditioning. She shares some of her stories in an interview with me.

The Best Animal Trainers in History: Interview with Bob and Marian Bailey, Part 2

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In the last blog, you learned about how and why Marian and Keller Breland started Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), the most successful and prolific animal training company that has ever existed. In this segment you’ll find out more about Bob Bailey, how Keller got involved in developing the first scientifically trained dolphin show, and what dolphins were trained for in the Navy. Bob also reveals the four most common trainer errors.

Clicker Training Horses: Can It Be Done?

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Can you really clicker train a horse? For decades, dolphin and killer whale trainers have been using a variation on positive reinforcement called clicker training. In the 1980s, the method started picking up steam with dog trainers and now it’s finally catching on with horses too.

Marian (Breland) Bailey Interprets Misbehavior of Organisms

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In their experiences training up to 1000 animals on a given day, the Brelands came upon some unexpected findings which they published in their landmark paper, The Misbehavior of Organism. In this paper, they described a number of cases with different species where strong species-specific behaviors interfered with the learning process and caused delays in performance and delays in reinforcements.

Which Category of Operant Conditioning is It?

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It seems like almost everyone is familiar with some of the categories of operant conditioning; however, most people aren’t fluent enough to necessarily get the category correct. Here are some examples.