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 thoughts from each of the lectures. I’m planning to start sharing these on my blog next week.
For now, here are some of my favorite quotes from the conference that were posted on twitter. This was a wonderful conference and all seven of the lectures were full of great information. You can find all of the tweets that were posted during the conference by searching for the hashtag #orca2014.
We CAN study animal emotions scientifically. And understanding animal emotions will help us better understand our own emotions.
~Dr. Jaak Panksepp
There is nothing “magic” about the clicker! It is all in how you use it.
Training is not a luxury. It is an essential part of animal care.
“Dog handler” is just a title. To the dog, everyone is a trainer.
Your animals have a right to learn at the speed they want to learn.
Are you telling, or are you asking? If I am telling, I am not asking and I am not listening to my learner.
The beginnings of clicker training: Keller Breland trained 6 field dogs with clicker training in 1945.
The way a behavior is carried out is more important than the behavior.
A good trainer should make the training worthwhile to all.