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Title: Dog Training Technology 101

When: Ongoing

Where: Online


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:6CBCC-KSA Knowledge:0
CPDT-KSA Skills:15CBCC-KSA Skills:0


Dog Training Technology 101 will present the strategies, tactics and procedures utilized in training companion animals. Training animals follows a common set of steps including establishing a conditioned reinforcer, identifying target behaviors and unconditioned reinforcers, establish training objectives, prompting and reinforcing the behaviors or shaping approximations of the behavior, thinning the schedules of reinforcement, differentially reinforcing to improve rate or frequency, or shaping to improve form, fading prompts where necessary, transferring stimulus control to a cue, working toward maintenance, including generalization and discrimination training. This course will explore each of these steps in detail. This course provides both hands-on and academic elements with an emphasis on hands-on exercises. Shaping and behavior chaining will be explored in detail as well. The ethics of dog training will be addressed and an emphasis will be placed of non-coercive training. This course does not explore specific sports but provides information on training skills, techniques and strategies, concentrating on non-coercive approaches (being creative and avoiding aversive stimulation). Students can expect to do some studying and writing in this course but also to do actual dog training (with your own dog or that of a friend). You will require a dog for this course. The assignments involve specific training tasks that you will report on in written assignments. You will also require access to at least a couple other people (friends, relatives, coworkers etc.) for the 'training game' assignment.

Sponsor: Companion Animal Sciences Institute

Speaker(s): **James O'Heare

Contact: James O'Heare
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