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Title: Get SMART about Training! - Day Two

When: 07/14/2013 at 09:00 to 07/14/2013 at 17:00

Where: Marin Humane Society


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:5.5CBCC-KSA Knowledge:1
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


Over the last twenty years, many dog trainers have made efforts to increase their use of positive reinforcement while minimizing their use of painful or anxiety-provoking punishments. This evolution toward a more humane approach to modifying behavior has far-reaching impact on dogs and trainers alike. But when we opt to avoid using “sticks” to motivate our dogs, we must make a commitment to become SMART about the use of “carrots” – positive reinforcers. Trainers who understand the science and practical applications of behavioral reinforcement gain the ability to be more creative and less coercive. The acronym SMART stands for “See, Mark and Reward Training”; it summarizes the fundamental sequence of behaviors a trainer performs when using reinforcement effectively. We’ll discuss in detail each of these core skills – observation of the animal’s behaviors, pinpointing the desired behavior with a meaningful marker signal, and providing powerful rewards. Through use of lecture, video and a couple of live demonstrations, this seminar will explore all aspects of positive reinforcement: types, frequency, timing, placement, use of conditioned reinforcers, creation of new reinforcers, satiation, the use of distractions as reinforcers, and what reinforcement cannot accomplish. Day 2: Preserving existing reinforcers “Precious cues”; inadvertent chaining Seeing behavior: setting your filter What if environment offers better reinforcers than you have? Placement of reinforcers Limits of what reinforcement can do

Sponsor: Dogs of Course

Speaker(s): Kathy Sdao MA CAAB

Contact: Dana Crevling


Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd

Novato, CA 94949
United States