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Jean Donaldson - Academy for dog trainers

Animal Training Academy

Release Date: 03/04/2019

[Episode 105] Greg Vicino - Five Opportunities to Thrive show art [Episode 105] Greg Vicino - Five Opportunities to Thrive

Animal Training Academy

1:25 - Ryan introduces Greg. 3:27 – Greg talks about his recent work in Kenya with the Kenya Wildlife Service. 7:50 – Greg’s journey to becoming the Curator of Applied Welfare at San Diego Zoo is discussed. 18:50 – Greg shares how he learned to evolve to create effective change within systems. 24:34 – The reason for the title of “Curator of Applied Animal Welfare” is explained. 27:21 – Ryan asks Greg to share what an average week is like for him. 30:11 – Greg explains the “Five Opportunities to Thrive” model. 46:00 – “The Opportunity for a Thoughtfully Presented, Well...

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[Episode 106] - Wes Anderson; Inventor of the Pet Tutor®️ show art [Episode 106] - Wes Anderson; Inventor of the Pet Tutor®️

Animal Training Academy

* 1:36 - Ryan introduces Wes. * 5:55 – Wes shares about his experience training chickens with Bob Bailey and how that influenced his decision to further the use of technology in animal training. * 10:28 – Wes talks about his background in engineering and statistics. * 12:18 – Ryan asks Wes to tell the listeners how his background in these fields merged with his interest in behavior science and positive animal training. * 15:30 – Wes talks about how he made connections with others in the positive reinforcement animal training community. * 17:13 – The initial design process, and...

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[Episode 104] Jennifer Shryock - Family Paws show art [Episode 104] Jennifer Shryock - Family Paws

Animal Training Academy

* 1:30 – Ryan introduces Jennifer Shryock. * 5:17 – Jennifer talks about where she first learned about positive reinforcement animal training and shares some stories of the first animals she trained. * 7:17 – Jennifer talks about adopting Moose, a German Shepherd dog, when she had two small children. * 13:52 – Jennifer shares about the next part of her journey that led her to where she is today. * 18:11 – The importance of persistence and consistence in developing a dog and baby business is discussed. * 19:33 – Ryan asks Jennifer how her early vision matches with where she is...

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[Episode 103] Mary Hunter - PORTL; Your Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab. show art [Episode 103] Mary Hunter - PORTL; Your Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab.

Animal Training Academy

* 3:40 – Mary’s behavioural odyssey is shared. * 13:51 – Mary’s journey to getting her Masters degree at the University of North Texas is discussed. * 21:13 – The evolution of the Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab (PORTL). * 41:39 – And explanation of the PORTL lab manual’s contents and purposes. * 47:19 – Mary talks about PORTL ripples. * 48:52 – Visit www.behaviorexplorer.com to purchase your own PORTL manual and explore other available resources. * 50:19 – Mary talks about how PORTL can be used to move toward a more errorless learning model and shares a...

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[Episode 102] Bex Tasker – Positively together show art [Episode 102] Bex Tasker – Positively together

Animal Training Academy

* 3:46 – Bex shares her behavioural odyssey [where she first got started in positive reinforcement animal training]. * 17:24 – Bex talks about her drive and motivation to keep learning, questioning the norm and following her gut. * 20:54 – Learning from our own experiences can help us have compassion for others. * 29:00 - Five things that positive reinforcement with horses has taught Bex about leading a better life and about training other species [including humans] are discussed. * 52:00 – Ryan and Bex talk about the importance of looking for the positive when giving feedback to...

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[Episode 101] Veronica Boutelle - 8 Biggest Dog Training Business Myths show art [Episode 101] Veronica Boutelle - 8 Biggest Dog Training Business Myths

Animal Training Academy

* 1:28 - Ryan introduces Veronica. * 4:47 – Veronica talks about dogbiz University and directs people to visit https://dogbizsuccess.com/ and then click on dogbiz University to find out more. * 10:20 – The move toward online education including challenges, successes and different models is discussed. * 14:05 - Veronica lists eight myths that are common among dog training professionals. * 18:58 – A variety of ways that the myth “we aren’t skilled and knowledgeable professionals” can impact our businesses are discussed. * 21:36 – Veronica busts the myth that clients must train...

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[Episode 100] Dr. Susan Friedman & Ryan Cartlidge - Off the perch show art [Episode 100] Dr. Susan Friedman & Ryan Cartlidge - Off the perch

Animal Training Academy

Podcast outline * 2:40 – Susan explains that the “most positive least intrusive” language originated from the ethical and legal standards in the field of special education with children. * 4:15 – Ryan and Susan discuss the widespread influence of podcasts and online learning opportunities as well as the responsibility that comes along with that influence. * 9:19 – Susan talks about how a new wave of improved applications of the basic principles is helping practitioners to be even less intrusive with their learners. * 13:54 – Susan describes Mary Hunter’s demonstration of the...

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[Episode 99] Pamela Clark - 10 things parrot consultants need to know in 2019 show art [Episode 99] Pamela Clark - 10 things parrot consultants need to know in 2019

Animal Training Academy

Podcast outline 1:40 - Introduction 3:41 – Pamela talks about when she first learned about positive reinforcement training and some stories from that time. 11:00 – What Pamela is currently up to 14:43 – Some pivotal moments that have shaped Pamela's thinking over the last fifteen years. 24:34 – Pamela Clark’s “Ten Things Parrot Consultants Need to Know in 2019”. 56:42- Pamela’s final words for the listeners on changes she would like to see in the pet parrot world. 59:03 - Pamela can be found online at

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[Episode 98] Tim Sullivan - Brookfield Zoo; Curator of behavioural husbandry show art [Episode 98] Tim Sullivan - Brookfield Zoo; Curator of behavioural husbandry

Animal Training Academy

* 3:42 – Tim discusses how he came to co-found the ABMA. * 6:36 – Tim’s learning journey and the benefits he has received by taking advantage of a wide variety of learning opportunities. * 15:01 – A couple of stories from Tim’s early days as a trainer. * 19:40 – A few of the biggest things Tim has learned throughout his time as an animal trainer are discussed. * 23:53  - Tim tells listeners about Brookfield Zoo https://www.czs.org/ * 26:34 – Resilience in zoo animals. * 32:25 – Tim shares some about some ways to work with an older animal...

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[Episode 97] Dr. Patricia McConnell - The human-animal relationship show art [Episode 97] Dr. Patricia McConnell - The human-animal relationship

Animal Training Academy

Podcast outline 1:40 – Introduction 4:06 – Patricia’s behavior odyssey 24:13 – A discussion on the human animal relationship 52:57 - What the word “communication” means to Patricia 58:25 – Patricia’s hopes for the animal training and behavior world in the next five to ten years 1:03 – Find out more about Patricia and her work at www.patriciamcconnell.com

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Jean is the founder and principal instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers.  The Academy is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019.  She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award.  In 2017, Jean was recruited to create Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school, and counseling service in the province.  Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh.  While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors.  Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years.  She lives in Oakland, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.