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Training animals is the easy part and teaching people is the hard part! In this section, you’ll find articles and advice that will help you improve your own training skills and that will help you if you teach other people how to train animals.

Dear Professor

Last week, I wrote about how I learn the names of the students in my undergraduate class. This week, I’d like to share some thoughts with you about how my students learn my name. This may seem like it should be pretty easy for the students. However, for some of my students, I’ve realized that […]

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The alternative to “trying harder”

Every semester, I have somewhere between 30-50 students in the undergraduate course that I teach. That’s a lot of names to learn! I’m not good at learning names. I’ll get “Mike”and “Mark” mixed up. Or, I won’t be able to keep straight the two students who always sit together. And never mind the student who […]

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poisoned cue in app

Repeat after me….

Recently, I’ve been listening to a new podcast. It’s the Equiosity podcast, produced by Alexandra Kurland and Dominique Day. The conversations that Alexandra and Dominique have on the podcast center around horse training. However, the ideas they discuss are usually much bigger and apply to working with any species of animal. I think you would […]

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Do you know what you just did?

As I’ve mentioned previously, I teach an undergraduate behavior analysis class during the fall and spring semesters. As part of the class, my students do an extended project that involves teaching a series of behaviors to a pet. The majority of my students have zero animal training experience before taking the class. All of the […]

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A quote by Dr. Francis Mechner: Behavior technology involves the detailed application of learning theory to practical problems of training and education.

A technology of teaching and training

As some of you know, in addition to my animal training business, I also teach as an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas in the department of behavior analysis. This year, for the second time, I’m teaching an upper-level undergraduate behavior analysis course called “Building Skills with Behavioral Technology.” I taught this class […]

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