The Art & Science of Animal Training
The 12th edition of the conference will present Dr. Philip Hineline as the keynote speaker.
Two full days of educational lectures, thought-provoking question and answer sessions, and many opportunities to meet like-minded trainers and talk all about animal behavior and training.
In addition to the presentations, there be several panel discussions throughout the weekend. This will include opportunities for our speakers to discuss the presentations with each other and for you to ask questions about the presentations.
Hurst Conference Center
Hurst, TX 76054
Emily Larlham runs the dog training business Dogmantics Dog Training in San Diego, California. She is known around the world for her popular Youtube Channel ‘Kikopup’ where she has posted over 200 free in-depth dog training tutorials.
With a B. A. from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Philip N. Hineline spent three years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research before moving to Temple University, where he is now Professor Emeritus, having formally retired in 2011.
Mary Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas. She runs her own animal training business and serves as president of The Art and Science of Animal Training, a Texas-based nonprofit
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.
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
Experiments that gave the lie to this were accomplished in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with systematic follow-up work continuing into the 1970’s. Some of the early, key experiments need to be replicated so as to reinsert them into the literature. We shall examine a few of these, seeing that, together, their procedures distinguish discriminative from motivational stimulus functions. This will enable a coherent account of negative reinforcement that reveals ordered complexity in some phenomena of major concern.
The constructional approach empowers animals to replace fear or aggressive behavior with desired responses. Usually within one or two sessions, the animal is approaching to accept desired items or experiences. When applying the constructional approach in zoos, we have a number of different challenges to address, such as enclosure design, limited visibility, needing to know the natural history of the species, and how to apply the protocol to a group of animals.
- Planning your shaping from a non-linear perspective - Mary Hunter
- Shaping on a Point of Contact - Alexandra Kurland
- From the ground up: Building a skills hierarchy for competition - Hannah Branigan
- Combining the Behavior of Two or More Dogs - Emily Larlham