Henry’s new trick: Shake (video)

Henry’s new trick: Shake (video)

My little foster dog has learned a new trick — to shake someone’s hand! Although we’ve been working a lot on basic obedience skills and helping him learn to be more friendly around new people, this is his first real trick behavior. Although, it’s so important to remember, that from the animal’s perspective, it’s really […]

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Kay Laurence: Examining the 1%

Kay Laurence: Examining the 1%

These are my notes from the 6th Art and Science of Animal Training Conference, held in March 2014 at the University of North Texas. Visit this page for more conference notes. Kay Laurence’s lecture was titled “Examining 1% of the learning cycle that can add 100% success to the result.” It was all about the […]

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Steve White: Your dog ain’t so special!

Steve White: Your dog ain’t so special!

These are my notes from the 6th Art and Science of Animal Training Conference, held in March 2014 at the University of North Texas. Visit this page for more conference notes. Steve White gave a very interesting talk at the conference. His talk was titled “Your dog ain’t so special! Why discipline-specific training methods might […]

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Bob Bailey: Teaching Trainers

Bob Bailey: Teaching Trainers

These are my notes from the 6th Art and Science of Animal Training Conference, held in March 2014 at the University of North Texas. Visit this page for more conference notes. Bob Bailey’s lecture this year was titled: “Teaching trainers applied behavior analysis: A personal journey from the rat lab to the chicken workshop.” I […]

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Flower the rat goes through the tunnel

Video: Flower’s new trick

Flower is one of my young rats. I’ve only done a bit of clicker training with her, but she’s a smart girl and a quick learner! This is her latest trick — she had previously learned how to go through a tunnel, so we decided to make it a bit harder. Now, the tunnel starts […]

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Ken Ramirez: Working with groups of animals

These are my notes from the 6th Art and Science of Animal Training Conference, held in March 2014 at the University of North Texas. Visit this page for more conference notes. Ken Ramirez’s presentation centered around different strategies and approaches for working with more than one animal at a time. I thought this was a […]

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Panksepp at ORCA 2014

Great quotes from the 2014 ORCA conference

I had a great time last weekend at the 6th annual Art and Science of Animal Training Conference. I am slowly getting caught up on work (and sleep) and beginning to type my notes so that I can post them on my blog. As I’ve done in the past years, I’ll post my notes and […]

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Barkin’ at the Shedd

I recently watched an awesome hour-long lecture by animal trainer Ken Ramirez that is available to view for free on YouTube. If you’re not familiar with Ken Ramirez, he’s the head trainer at the Shedd aquarium in Chicago. He’s been a professional trainer for several decades and has trained hundreds of animals and dozens of […]

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