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 dogs’ behavior and training issues you may think this has little to do with you.  But you’d be wrong.

From the first description (do you know the difference between a description and an interpretation?) of a pet’s behavior, the entire process of getting at the “why” of a behavior, devising, implementing and modifying training plans, and following up to monitor compliance and outcomes should be viewed as a “mini” experiment based on the scientific method.  A systematic step by step plan to resolve a pet’s behavior problem based on this method is far more likely to succeed than a “try this, try that” approach.  When you know how to gather data about behavior and behavior problems, you’ll be able to test your ideas about what’s motivating a behavior, and be able to employ data-based progress monitoring techniques that can improve compliance and help you know what to do when your plans aren’t working.  

In this Two Session Webinar Course you’ll learn:

  • The seven steps that comprise the scientific method and how to apply them to behavior and training problems
  • Using data you uncover, you’ll be able to open clients’ eyes about how their attempts at problem resolution have impacted their pets’ lives
  • How to formulate and test hypotheses about the reasons for pets’ behavior issues and why not doing so will decrease your effectiveness
  • Three types of data collection techniques and how to know when to use each one
  • How to see your unsuccessful cases as a gold mine of data, rather than failures, and use them to improve your success rate

Also included in this course is a section on how to critically read behavior research.  We’ll review two papers about the use of pheromone products – one an example of good research, the other not. Being able to critically read the expanding scientific literature about dog behavior and training is another important part of being more “science-based”.

Rather than complaining about how dog training and problem solving is sometimes not seen as a profession, step up and make a difference in your own business as well as in the field, by learning how to become more “science based” in what you do every day.

As soon as you register you will have 2 weeks access to his 2 session course.

This course has been approved for the following CEU credits;
CBCC-KSA Knowldege:2.5

You can earn CEUs by submitting emailed answers to questions asked by the instructors during the recorded class. We’ll provide the details once you register.

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Registration Fee for Non-Members:  $197.00 

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