CEU Event: A Scaredy-CAT, a Hell-CAT, and a Skeptic Walk Into a Barn: Using Constructional Approach Training (C
* Courses approved for CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA recertification. Courses approved for CPDT-KA may not be applied to a CBCC-KA recertification.
"Behavior change is an individual process, not a one-size-fits-all event - no matter the species with which an animal behavior consultant is working. When working with horses displaying behavior problems, behavior consultants must have knowledge of and experience in using a variety of techniques to address the behavior, depending on the needs of each individual. To further challenge a consultant, the horse's owner may initially be skeptical of ""new fangled"" behavior modification techniques. This skepticism may require that a consultant take additional steps to shape an owner's behavior, in order to achieve success. For example, horses who display fear-based, escape behaviors meant to either increase or decrease proximity between themselves and a stimulus respond well to CAT-H. It can also prove to be a valuable technique to shape the behavior of human clients: it doesn't initially require the use of training tools such as clickers or food pouches which may be novel, and thus threatening; in practice, elements of CAT-H may feel familiar, and thus ""safe"". Clients don't generally have any preconceived, negative perceptions of CAT-H or its efficacy. This presentation will discuss both the use of CAT-H to address behavior issues such as fear and aggression in horses, as well as the benefits it can offer in shaping the skeptical client's behavior."
Speaker(s):Lauren Fraser, MSc, CHBC
Contact: The Lemonade Conference