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Title: Operant Conditioning Behaviour Analysis (OCBA): Level 1

When: 01/09/2014 at 12:00 to 04/24/2014 at 12:00

Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:21CBCC-KSA Knowledge:21
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


Operant Conditioning Behaviour Analysis (OCBA): Level I, has been developed for the student with the desire to understand animal behaviour and use that knowledge while training. This course provides a one-on-one approach to help each student develop the necessary skills to train animals using positive reinforcement. Possessing these training skills is invaluable to the successful laboratory or research technician, veterinary assistant, pre-vet student, farm worker, boarding faciliity owner and many other professions or hobbies which require the ability to influence an animal's behaviour. This course offers a collaborative learning approach with students working through, lesson by lesson, at the same pace. As a student, you will be expected to apply what you are learning and document your weekly progress through the use of video, training records, and group discussion. OCBA Level I will help you become skilled at identifying wanted behaviours, goal setting, planning, training and understanding your animal. What you will learn: A thorough understanding and working knowledge OCBA Master the mechanical skills necessary to use the four techniques of OCBA effectively Keep and utilize training records Write and evaluate shaping plans Recognize and solve training problems Set up the training environment for success Recognize when to add a cue and when to raise the training criteria Practice basic care behaviours Practice variable schedules of reinforcement Understand and apply how to solidify behaviours Practice critique of others’ training techniques Create a shaping plan and train a chain behaviour Participants are required to have access to (not necessarily own) an animal they can work with. Any species that will offer a variety of behaviours is acceptable. Students will also be required to video their at-home training sessions with their animals and to submit these videos for critique by the course ins

Sponsor: Dalhousie University Extended Learning

Speaker(s): Heather A. Logan & Melissa L. Cox, PhD

Contact: Jolene M. MacEachern, P.Ag.
 Phone: 902-893-5301