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    • Friday, February 03, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, February 03, 2023
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Kate Mallatratt

    CEUs PPAB,1.5. IAABC,1.5 and CCPDT,1.5.

    This presentation will consider the benefits of teaching your dog using the principles of errorless learning.  By setting up the classroom environment to limit our dogs' choices, we can explain more easily what we are asking of them rather than letting them guess.  This reduces learner frustration, increases the success rate and leaves your dog begging for more!

    The first part of the presentation considers the difference between errorless learning and trial and error learning.  It then looks at how to apply the principles to clicker training when free shaping and teaching more complex behaviors.  Finally, some applications for behavior modification are considered and a puppy errorless learning case study is discussed.

    Webinar Objectives

    • To understand the difference between errorless learning and constructivism (trial and error learning). 
    • To appreciate the benefits of errorless learning, the fallout of trial and error learning and the negative impact of frustration on behavior. 
    • To understand how to apply the principles of errorless learning to communicate with your dog more effectively. 
    • To be able to plan and set up the learning environment for minimal errors when clicker training and free shaping. 
    • To consider the applications of errorless learning for behavior modification.

    About The Presenter

    Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and The Pet Professional Guild British Isles. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behavior and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specializing in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.

    Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Saturday, June 12, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • On Demand - Listen As Soon As You Register

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    Title: Bridging The Gap - What Makes Training "Click"

    Presented by Ken McCort

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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    If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Ken McCort is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

    Listen to the audio file supported by a PDF of the presenter PowerPoint.

    Presentation Description:

    Many animal trainers use an auditory or visual “marker” to let an animal know his behavior is going to be rewarded. These markers are often clickers or whistles, but there are also a number of other markers used successfully by trainers, including special words and sounds. Markers are paired with the reward to give them relevance, and thus they become a conditioned reinforcer. To teach an animal a behavior, trainers often break it down into small segments, a process known as successive approximation. Sometimes learned behaviors are linked together with other learned behaviors in a process called chaining. More difficult behavior can be trained in a reverse order, a process known as back chaining. But what is really going on from the animal’s perspective? Understanding the elements of the process from the animal’s point of view can make it easier for both parties to adjust the process if and when it is not going quite as well as the trainer was hoping it would! This session will give trainers a review of the learning process and some insight into what is going on in an animal’s nervous system that facilitates all the work being done by both trainer and animal.

    Learning Objectives:

    - A breakdown of the learning process with emphasis on the operant approach.

    - To define some of the elements of how animals learn.

    - A different way the animal may be perceiving the marker than is traditionally understood by trainers.

    - Some of the neurochemistry involve in learning to perform behaviors.

      Your Presenter

      Ken McCort

      Ken McCort owns and operates Four Paws training center in Doylestown, Ohio. He has been training animals full time since 1986 and works primarily with pet dogs. He has also trained over 40 different species of animals for zoological and theme parks worldwide. McCort is a licensed elevator with the Pet Partner animal assisted  activity and therapy program, whereby he evaluates and certifies animal/handler teams to visit hospitals, nursing homes and many other areas. In addition, he helped develop the Pet Partner Skills and Aptitude Test which he has taught both nationally and internationally.

      Wolf Park, a research facility in Battleground, Indiana that studies wild canid behavior, utilizes McCort for many of its presentations and research projects, and has been allowing him to train with their wolves, coyotes and foxes for over 25 years.

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