The Art & Science of Animal Training
Two days of lectures and conversations about the science of animal training and “what’s new” in the field of animal training.
The conference is a way to share information and ideas related to the science of behavior analysis, the application of behavior principles to animal training, and new innovations and technologies being developed by professional trainers in the field. The conference is unique, in that it facilitates conversations and the exchange of ideas between professional animal trainers, behavior analysts, zoo and aquarium professionals, and pet owners.
The Art and Science of Animal Training is a non-profit organization that exists to improve relationships between humans and other animals through educational programs that increase the understanding and use of behavior analytic principles as they apply to human-animal interactions and through supporting research initiatives that investigate new, improved training practices.
The registration price includes the Friday evening reception, the two-day conference, lunch on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, and a conference t-shirt.
Hurst Conference Center
Hurts, TX 76054
Hannah Branigan is a self-proclaimed training nerd.
Barbara is an animal training and behavior consultant specializing in avian, exotics and zoo animal training. She lectures and consults worldwide working with zoos, universities, veterinary professionals, pet owners and conservation projects.
Alliston Reid received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1981 under the supervision of Dr. John Staddon. After 15 years of teaching and research at Duke University, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (in Mexico City), and Eastern Oregon University, Dr.
Alexandra Kurland began her instructional career as a dressage rider and teacher and as an accredited TTouch Practitioner. In 1998 she launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her first book, Clicker Training for Your Horse.
Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer.
T. V. (Joe) Layng received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of Israel Goldiamond. Dr. Layng is the co-founder of Headsprout and was its senior scientist. At Headsprout, Dr.
In his 43rd year of a K9-centered law enforcement career Steve White is the only person to have served as a handler, trainer, training-sergeant, and supervisor for the Seattle Police Canine Unit.
Ken Ramirez, the Executive Vice-President of animal care and animal training at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, develops and supervises animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection of more than 32,000 ani
* What does it give you when you remember to build in deliberate pauses?
* How can base behaviors help you?
* When you are working with a physically fast learner – how do you slow down your training without creating confusion?
* What are some strategies you can use to control the pace of the lesson?
* What role do cues play in this?
* How does this help you build chains?
* How do you develop the focus and body awareness to slow yourself down so you can slow a super quick, super eager learner down enough for you both to truly listen to one another?
In other words, how do you become a truly great listener? And how does that translate into becoming a much better trainer?
In 2018, our team of three trainers visited two sites in Borneo to introduce staff members and approximately 400 resident orangutans to the benefits of training. We had many naïve animals to train, which meant we saw tremendous transformation. We also had to overcome fear responses, aggressive behavior, the challenges of working with limited resources, safety issues, and very limited time to produce results. This presentation will share the details of this training initiative in Borneo and how animal trainers are making an impact on the welfare and conservation of one of the rarest species on the planet.