How to Use The Scientific Method to Track and IMPROVE Your Behavior & Training Results

Instructors: Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, CVJ and Daniel Estep, Ph.D., CAAB In recent years, there’s been a push to make dog training “science based”.  Yet the reality is that data about the effectiveness of training and behavior modification protocols are scarce.  As a busy trainer or behavior consultant just trying to help people with their…

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Fundamentals of Animal Learning

Instructors: Dr. Dan Estep, and Dr. Suzanne Hetts To avoid confusion, we recommend reading ALL the information on this page Do you know the difference between punishment and negative reinforcement? Do you know what they have in common? Can you identify when negative punishment is being used in a training situation and when it isn’t?…

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Positive Reinforcement: Beyond Food

Instructor: Kathy Sdao, M.A., ACAAB Facilitated by Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB To use positive reinforcement effectively, a trainer must thoroughly understand what reinforcement means. Too often, we equate positive reinforcement with a piece of food. While this works in many cases, it is useless when a dog is too full, frightened, or aroused to eat.…

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