Animal Training Conference and Clinic Notes

ClickerExpo 2017

These are a few of my notes from the January 2017 ClickerExpo conference in Portland and the March 2017 ClickerExpo conference in Stamford.

Susan Friedman – Ideas that should die: Outdated, outmoded and misunderstood behavior science
Terry Ryan – When nothing is working: Lateral thinking for dog trainers

2015 Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, Denton, TX

IMG_0036.PNGThese are my notes from the 2015 ORCA conference. I will be posting my notes from this conference throughout April and May, so please check back!

Ken Ramirez – Teaching conceptual thinking
Bob Bailey – Becoming a better trainer
Phung Luu – Birds in flight
Alexandra Kurland – Practicing for excellent performance

Alexandra Kurland Clinic, November 2014

These are my notes from a horse clicker training clinic that I audited with Alexandra Kurland in northwest Arkansas.

Photos from the clinic
Conversations with cues
The art and science of practicing
Grand Prix level clicker training

2014 Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, Denton, TX

ORCA conference at UNT 2014These are my notes from the 2014 ORCA conference.

Dr. Jaak Panksepp — The science of animal emotions
Ken Ramirez — Working with groups of animals
Bob Bailey — Teaching trainers
Phung Luu — Behavioral momentum
Alexandra Kurland — The art of asking questions
Steve White — Your dog ain’t so special
Kay Laurence — Examining the 1%

Michele Pouliot Seminar, June 2013, Addison, TX

These are my notes from a seminar that I audited with dog trainer Michele Pouliot.

Seminar Snippets: Details Matter! — A guest post I wrote for the DCTC blog with general notes from the seminar. This post covers clean training, reward placement, planning, equipment choices, and higher-value rewards.
Training for Performance — All about dog sports and how to make sure your practice sessions support your performance goals.
Would you bet me fifty dollars? — All about how and when to raise criteria during training.

2013 ClickerExpo, Stamford, CT

These are some of my notes from the 2013 ClickerExpo. This was ClickerExpo’s 10th anniversary!

Michele Pouliot — Better, Faster, Smarter: Competition Training with Platforms
Kay Laurence — Hang in There! Building Duration in Static and Moving Behaviors — Part 1

2013 Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, Denton, TX

These are my notes from the 2013 ORCA conference.

Susan Schneider — The Science of Consequences
Phung Luu — Understanding body language
Alexandra Kurland — Clicker training Clever Hans: The balance loop
Bob Bailey — What did Bailey do, and why: A training potpourri
Ken Ramirez — Training when you’re not training
Steve White — Plateau schmateau! Why progress matters
Kay Laurence — Drive and motivation: Do we build it or lose it?

2012 Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, Denton, TX

These are my notes from the 2012 ORCA conference.

Joe Layng — How we talk about and teach what we do
Bob Bailey — Looking for advanced dog training?
Kay Laurence — Target, lure, or free-shaping? Which is best?
Alexandra Kurland — Give me a break!
Ken Ramirez — Animal training lessons from the aquatic world
Steve White– Your results may vary: The how and why of choosing training tools and techniques
Phung Luu– Using modal action patterns to influence behavior

Alexandra Kurland Horse Clicker Training Clinic

These are my notes from a horse clicker training clinic I audited in February 2012 in Tomball, Tx.

Part One: Balance. All about different kinds of balance, two kinds of Hip Shoulder Shoulder, and some of the benefits of working with human horses.

Part Two: Cues. A recueing procedure for building duration and a discussion of units, concepts, and consistency.

Part Three: Happy Horses. A discussion of playful training, using negative reinforcement as a clicker trainer, and using shaping games to improve your training skills.

2010 Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, Denton, TX

This series of blog posts contains my notes from the 2010 conference.

Robert Epstein presented on creativity and engineering novel behavior in animals
Alexandra Kurland discussed the loopy training model
Kay Laurence discussed assessing your training skills
Bob Bailey discussed some of the history of animal training
Ken Ramirez talked about how good animal trainers need people skills too!
Steve Martin talked about motivation and trust

2009 Art & Science of Animal Training Conference, Denton, TX

This series of blog posts contains some of my notes from the 2009 conference.

Steve Martin discussed the art of training and what makes a great trainer. He talked about accepting responsibility for behavior, empowering the animal, motivating the animal, communication and aversives.
My first page of notes about Steve Martin’s talk.
My second page of notes about Steve Martin’s talk.
My third page of notes about Steve Martin’s talk.

Steve White talked about the “real world,” and at length about punishment.
My first page of notes about Steve White’s talk.
My second page of notes about Steve White’s talk.

Kay Laurence talked about reinforcers, reinforcer delivery and reinforcer effectiveness.
My first page of notes about Kay Laurence’s talk.
My second page of notes about Kay Laurence’s talk.