CEU Event: Building a trusting relationship with scared animals: Applications of Constructional Aggression Trea

When: 08/18/2024 10:00am to 08/18/2024 4:00pm
Where: Certified NPO Organization Tsubasa


*CPDT-KA: 5.5 *CBCC-KA: 2
CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 1.00
CPDT-KSA Skills: 4.50

* Courses approved for CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA recertification. Courses approved for CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA may not be applied to a CBCC-KA recertification.

PLEASE NOTE: CPDT-KA can earn a MAXIMUM of 12 CPDT-KSA Skills CEUS within their 3 year certification period.


When living with and caring for animals, we encounter challenges of fearful or aggressive behaviors. This is a difficult situation for both humans and animals. What training technique can we use to solve fearful and aggressive behaviors? In this one-day workshop, Sean Will and Maasa Nishimuta from CAAWT are going to introduce a new approach to working with fearful and aggressive behaviors. They will introduce a new way of thinking about these behaviors, which will lead to a new way of training behaviors. When we ask our animals "why" they do aggressive and fearful behaviors toward humans, animals, or other things, we often learn that they are doing these behaviors to tell us or other things to go away and stay away. They don't like humans or other things near them. What they want is distance from us or other things. The approach we take, in general, is that we want to give what the animal wants, and we want to use that to teach desirable behaviors. Rather than reducing, eliminating, or punishing these behaviors, we want to build desirable behaviors. So, when we learn that fearful and aggressive behaviors are maintained by distance from us, we want to use "the distance" to teach desirable behaviors. This training procedure is called Constructional Aggression Treatment (in a short form, CAT), developed by Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and his ORCA students. CAT has grown over the years and has been demonstrated effective across a wide range of species to transform fearful and aggressive behavior to friendly interactions. Through the workshop, you will learn the constructional approach (Goldiamond, 1974)*, how to ask questions to animals to know what they want, and the Constructional Aggression Treatment (Rosales-Ruiz, 2021). Through dog video examples, the attendees will learn the training technique of CAT. Through live demonstrations with birds in TSUBASA, more video examples, and Q&A, the attendees will learn how to apply CAT with birds.

Sponsor:Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training
Speaker(s):Sean Will & Maasa Nishimuta

Contact: Sean Will
 Email: sean@caawt.com
 Phone: 940-999-6235
 Web: https://www.caawt.com/caawt-constructional-affection-japan-tour-2024


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