Dr. Amy Pike
Dr. Corsin Muller
Dr. Debbie Gross
Dr. Frank McMillan
Dr. Isabella Merola
Dr. Jean Dodds
Dr. Jessica Hekman
Dr. Karen Overall
Dr. Linda Harper
Dr. Lynn Honeckman
Dr. Nancy Kay
Dr. Nathan Hall
Dr. Robert King
CEUs PPAB,1.5. IAABC,1.5 and CCPDT,1.5.
This presentation will consider the benefits of teaching your dog using the principles of errorless learning. By setting up the classroom environment to limit our dogs' choices, we can explain more easily what we are asking of them rather than letting them guess. This reduces learner frustration, increases the success rate and leaves your dog begging for more!
The first part of the presentation considers the difference between errorless learning and trial and error learning. It then looks at how to apply the principles to clicker training when free shaping and teaching more complex behaviors. Finally, some applications for behavior modification are considered and a puppy errorless learning case study is discussed.
Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and The Pet Professional Guild British Isles. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behavior and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specializing in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.
Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.
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Help! The Dogs Aren’t Getting Along! Presented by Ken McCort
CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2
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A presentation from PPGs 2017 Summit in Orlando, FL.
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Dogs are reported to be social creatures. They tend to live in groups that include other conspecifics to which they are socialized. This is true of even feral dog populations, as long as there is a good food supply. Along with other dogs, these groups usually include humans too. Other social group relationships with dogs have included cats, birds and a variety of other animals. Not all dogs, however, do well with other dogs. Even when socialized to them, there are other factors that can influence whether a relationship between dogs is going to be mutually beneficial.
There seems to be a preferred associate relationship within groups of dogs as well, and they often prefer to be in groups of two, or dyads. This session will focus on how to introduce dogs to each other. These can be short term encounters like meeting a new dog at a dog park, or they can be long-term relationships like adding a new dog into a household. Introductions and forming relationships is a process that has a number of steps.
The whole process can be enhanced when the human handlers understand the steps of introductions and to forming relationships. Rushing through the process, skipping any of the steps, or continuing when a step is not going well can doom a relationship. In addition, when relationships have problems and become less than mutually beneficial, we can often help the dogs to get along once again. Not all dog-to-dog relationships will be good for all concerned, but we can help increase the odds of animals getting along within the group when we understand their perspective.
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Title: Bridging The Gap - What Makes Training "Click"
Presented by Ken McCort
CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2
If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Ken McCort is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!
Many animal trainers use an auditory or visual “marker” to let an animal know his behavior is going to be rewarded. These markers are often clickers or whistles, but there are also a number of other markers used successfully by trainers, including special words and sounds. Markers are paired with the reward to give them relevance, and thus they become a conditioned reinforcer. To teach an animal a behavior, trainers often break it down into small segments, a process known as successive approximation. Sometimes learned behaviors are linked together with other learned behaviors in a process called chaining. More difficult behavior can be trained in a reverse order, a process known as back chaining. But what is really going on from the animal’s perspective? Understanding the elements of the process from the animal’s point of view can make it easier for both parties to adjust the process if and when it is not going quite as well as the trainer was hoping it would! This session will give trainers a review of the learning process and some insight into what is going on in an animal’s nervous system that facilitates all the work being done by both trainer and animal.
- A breakdown of the learning process with emphasis on the operant approach.
- To define some of the elements of how animals learn.
- A different way the animal may be perceiving the marker than is traditionally understood by trainers.
- Some of the neurochemistry involve in learning to perform behaviors.
Ken McCort owns and operates Four Paws training center in Doylestown, Ohio. He has been training animals full time since 1986 and works primarily with pet dogs. He has also trained over 40 different species of animals for zoological and theme parks worldwide. McCort is a licensed elevator with the Pet Partner animal assisted activity and therapy program, whereby he evaluates and certifies animal/handler teams to visit hospitals, nursing homes and many other areas. In addition, he helped develop the Pet Partner Skills and Aptitude Test which he has taught both nationally and internationally.
Wolf Park, a research facility in Battleground, Indiana that studies wild canid behavior, utilizes McCort for many of its presentations and research projects, and has been allowing him to train with their wolves, coyotes and foxes for over 25 years.