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Jean Donaldson - Academy for dog trainers

Animal Training Academy

Release Date: 03/04/2019

[Episode 128] - Sonya Bevan; Part 1 - Dog charming in Perth, Australia show art [Episode 128] - Sonya Bevan; Part 1 - Dog charming in Perth, Australia

Animal Training Academy

1:20 - Ryan introduces Sonya Bevan 4:00 - Sonya takes Ryan and the listeners back to where she first learned about positive reinforcement training and the journey from a career in being a physio to a behaviour consultant and dog trainer. 19:10 - Ryan asks how Sonya’s background in physio has helped her in her new profession. 20:20 - Sonya explains the assessment process she uses in her dog training and behaviour consultants. 24:15 - Ryan is curious if Sonya has a process for data collection and asks her for thoughts on helping people review their own processes for improving data collection....

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[Episode 127] Shelly Wood - Introducing new dogs into your home & to your other animals... show art [Episode 127] Shelly Wood - Introducing new dogs into your home & to your other animals...

Animal Training Academy

3:10 - Shelly takes us back to where her journey begin with positive reinforcement animal training. 19:30 - Ryan asks Shelly to share her work with children at Epic Pals - pairing children with dogs preparing to be adopted. 23:20 - Ryan and Shelly discuss the use of PORTL and resources used in the Epic Pals program and how it impacts the children 25:00 - Ryan asks where you can find out more about Shelly’s work at ‘Drop your jaws dog training’ and ‘Epic’ 26:00 - Ryan introduces the new program that Shelly will be hosting for the ATA community. 27:45 - Shelly shares what makes it an...

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[Episode 126] Caitlin Coberly - Dog training 101 & running online communities show art [Episode 126] Caitlin Coberly - Dog training 101 & running online communities

Animal Training Academy

3:45 - Ryan asks about Caitlin’s PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Caitlin shares her stories and journey of how positive reinforcement training began for her. 13:35 - Ryan asks how the diverse areas of her knowledge influence and blend into Caitlin’s current work. 17:25 - Caitlin explains with an example how she asks about behaviours using a diagnostic approach when using an online platform. 18:35 - Ryan expands the discussion point in relation to online social platform (Facebook) communities and groups and how to approach conversations when emotions are involved. 20:20 - Caitlin...

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[Episode 125] Chris Shank - Cockatoo Downs show art [Episode 125] Chris Shank - Cockatoo Downs

Animal Training Academy

1:20 - Ryan introduces Chris Shank 4:50 - Chris takes us back to the start of her training journey 12:00 - Chris explains that her new education and skills were difficult to transfer to her own pets 13:25 - Ryan asks about what valuable learning opportunities occurred from Chris’s time working with dolphins in the US and in Germany. 16:45 - Chris is honest and brave about sharing her experience regarding her introduction to breeding birds and the impact to her life. 20:45 - Ryan asks about the switch in Chris’s life regarding training techniques with birds 23:20 - Chris shares her face...

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[Episode 124] Constructional affection with Sean Will show art [Episode 124] Constructional affection with Sean Will

Animal Training Academy

3:10 - Sean shares how he started on his training journey and how constructional affection was ‘born’ 15:50 - Ryan asks: Do some trainers have a reliance on food? Or are not looking for other methods or reinforcers? 20:20 - Sean introduces how he used CAT and CA with his own dog. 21:20 - Sean describes the procedure of Constructional Affection and outlines the two main steps required: Step 1: The interaction guidelines & Step 2: The affection required 28:07 - Sean defines the term ‘complex fading procedures’ 29:15 - Ryan asks how Sean applies the process to the dogs in the shelter...

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[Episode 123] Malena DeMartini; Separation anxiety amid a pandemic... show art [Episode 123] Malena DeMartini; Separation anxiety amid a pandemic...

Animal Training Academy

4:00 - How does the current global situation with the pandemic & subsequent change in our routines influence our animals and their behaviors. 4:20 - Malena defines and unpacks the term ‘Separation Anxiety’ 6:44 - Ryan describes his own experience of a panic attack 7:30 - Ryan asks how do we build empathy in dog owners towards the effect of a panic attack or separation anxiety 10:45 - Malena’s shares the importance of helping clients to understand ‘The Why’ of the treatment of separation anxiety. 14:25 - Ryan asks: How important is it to get honesty and truth from your clients?...

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[Episode 122] Dr Afiya Fredericks – The Growth Mindset, Part 2 show art [Episode 122] Dr Afiya Fredericks – The Growth Mindset, Part 2

Animal Training Academy

* 4:45 - Ryan asks Afiya to expand on her academic journey and how she chose to study a Masters and Phd on the topic of growth mindset * 9:16 - Afiya explains how struggle in her personal studies impacted her mindset. * 9:50 -  The game changer for Afiya…How she became receptive and open to seeing failure as an opportunity to grow and learn. * 12:45 - Afiya explains how gratitude presented an opportunity in Mindsetworks * 17:35 - Afiya discusses how preparation of mindset opens possibilities for opportunities. * 20:30 - Why do we pass up on certain opportunities?  What level...

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[Episode 121] Dr Afiya Fredericks - The Growth Mindset, Part 1 show art [Episode 121] Dr Afiya Fredericks - The Growth Mindset, Part 1

Animal Training Academy

* 4:30 - The Growth Mindset defined, why it is important and how it impacts and influences both behaviours and outcomes in our lives * 8:00 - Ryan and Afiya raise how the context, & individual learning history may support and impact the development of our mindset * 9:10 - Afiya shares ideas on where our mindset comes from * 11:45 - How success impacts our mindset * 15:00 - How praise can influence our mindset * 18:00 - How communicating and rewarding a process rather than the product can impact mindset and lead to growth over time * 20:19 - Ryan asks about ‘Imposter Syndrome’ in...

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Steve Martin: Natural Encounters Inc. - Problems are opportunities in disguise! [Bonus Episode] show art Steve Martin: Natural Encounters Inc. - Problems are opportunities in disguise! [Bonus Episode]

Animal Training Academy

* 4:06 - Steve talks about when he first learned about positive reinforcement training and shares some stories from that time. * 8:45 – Steve shares about learning to give the animal a voice by being a student of body language and his move to becoming “the partner of the bird”. * 12:43 – Ryan asks Steve to share with the listeners how they might become better observers of behavior. * 16:15 – Steve talks about his process in building high trust accounts with people to give them feedback in order to help them improve their training. * 29:38 – Ryan asks Steve to talk about...

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[Episode 120] Lili Chin - changing the world one drawing at a time! show art [Episode 120] Lili Chin - changing the world one drawing at a time!

Animal Training Academy

* 3:34 – Lili shares about when she first learned about positive reinforcement animal training, including a story about her dog Boogie. * 10:39 – Lili talks about Boogie and some things she has learned from him. * 12:14 – Illustrating dog body language has become a bit of an obsession for Lili. * 18:46 – Ryan asks Lili to share about reaching out to Sophia Yin to collaborate. * 27:21 – Lili uses art to make language about positive reinforcement training accessible to the public. * 33:22- The importance of cuteness and simplicity as key components of Lili’s artwork is...

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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.