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Learning Theory: A Review / Part 1

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Internationaler Berufsverband der Hundetrainer (IBH)
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At its best, animal training is informed by science. Many branches of science are relevant, including veterinary medicine, ethology, neurology and anatomy. But most essential for professional dog trainers is the psychology of learning and motivation. We’ll examine the underlying principles of both operant and classical conditioning, along with several laws of learning, emphasizing their practical implications for best training practices.

Attendees will learn about the following topics:

• What is Training?
• Classical vs. Operant Conditioning
• The ABCs of Behavior & Why They Matter
• The Four Consequences and their Emotional Correlates
• Extinction and its Limitations
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Karen Pryor Academy (KPA)
2.0 Credits
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
2.0 Credits
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
2.0 Credits
Internationaler Berufsverband der Hundetrainer (IBH)
Schulungszentrum für Tierverhaltenstherapie und Erziehungsberatung TVT e.U. (SzTVT)
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Österreichischer Berufsverband der Hundeerzieher, -trainer und -verhaltensberater (ÖBdH)
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Kathy Sdao

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Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She’s spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1980s, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She received a master’s degree in experimental psychology and was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, seals, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, where Kathy first began teaching clicker-training classes for pet owners.

Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching one-on-one training lessons, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. In addition, she has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the Seattle Times, consulted with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Susquehanna Service Dogs, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society’s “Service Dog Education System” and taught at the Instructor Training Courses hosted by Dogs of Course. And, in a sillier moment, Kathy appeared as the “Way Cool Scientist” on an episode of the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor’s long-running ClickerExpos and has taught at 32 of these popular conferences since 2003.

Kathy has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. She’s taught nearly 250 seminars, workshops, conference presentations & webinars, enjoying these opportunities to share her passion for the incredible power of positive-reinforcement training, confirmed over decades of working with dozens of species.

Kathy’s first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012 and is available from Dogwise; please see for details.

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