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Need Help Reinforcing When You Are Gone? - Crate Strategies presented by Wes Anderson

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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(One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

Presented by Smart Animal Training Systems Wes Anderson


How can you reinforce behavior for a dog in a crate when you are not around? What do you do if you are across the room, out of the room or even away from home? What about times when you would like to reinforce, but need to do it unobtrusively such as while instructing or participating in a class? Positive training is very a powerful training methodology, but some training scenarios are very challenging when it comes to delivery of the reinforcement.  Crates and X-pens are awesome tools for the training and management of pets, but let’s face it, they can also contribute to problems like barking, separation anxiety and lack of mental stimulation. This presentation will show you how technology is now available to address many of those tough training scenarios and how the new system Pet Tutor® can be used with dogs in crates to reduce barking, help in addressing separation anxiety, reinforce calm behavior from a distance and provide mental stimulation for long periods of time. This session will share examples of how other professional trainers have been using Pet Tutor for these training needs

Webinar Objectives

  • How to incorporate technology in dealing with separation anxiety, a very difficult, but treatable behavior issue. This often requires the pet parent to enlist the help of a professional but part of the protocol can require reinforcing the dog when the owner is out of sight. Examples of how to weave this into a program for separation anxiety will be discussed.
  • New games to reduce boredom and anxiety in the crate or X-pen. Part of the cause for many behavior issues is simply boredom. Stuffed toys can help, but a way to engage more mental and physical activity while in a pen will be demonstrated.
  • How to reinforce calm from a distance. You are the instructor and your dog is in his crate at the back of the room and you know he will start barking while you are trying to lecture. What do you do? Or you are a student in a class and would like to keep your dog calm and quite during the lecture, but need to reinforce for calm and still pay attention to the class and not disturb others. What do you do? Examples of how to do this will be shared

About the Presenter

Wes Anderson is the founder of Smart Animal Training Systems, LLC and the inventor and patent holder on the Pet Tutor® system for training and enrichment. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and statistics and has been involved in neuroscience research for many years. His passion for positive reinforcement methods developed over 14 years in the study of animal training and behavior modification. He has worked as a volunteer with a prison based service dog program where he became known for working with the “challenging” behavior cases. In addition, he has taught pet dog classes for several years specializing in aggression cases. His education with animal training has included workshops, videos and books by positive trainers such as Ken Ramirez, Ken McCort, Kathy Sdao, Chirag Patel, Malena DeMartini-Price, and Kay Laurence. However, it was during the famous Bob Bailey Chicken Workshops that the spark for the idea of using advanced technology in positive training was born. Bailey had explained how Animal Behavior Enterprises used a variety of over 500 automated feeders to increase trainer productivity and address difficult training scenarios. This idea led to the concept that the application of smart technology to training could bring more powerful tools and improve training productivity to the positive training world. Anderson’s company's mission is to create a new family of innovative positive reinforcement products. The mission is “smart technology for positive training” with a vision of making obsolete other technologies designed for punishment. These products provide pet parents and trainers new, dynamic ways of addressing behavioral issues, novel ways to positively reinforce training and creating mentally stimulating games.  Smart Animal Training Systems is a Pet Professional Guild corporate sponsor.

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