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Jean Donaldson - Academy for dog trainers

Animal Training Academy

Release Date: 03/04/2019

[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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[Episode 96] Erin Davidson - Ten steps to train a wild bird of prey show art [Episode 96] Erin Davidson - Ten steps to train a wild bird of prey

Animal Training Academy

Podcast outline: 1:40 – Introduction of Erin 3:33 – Erin’s behavioural journey 16:11 - Changes in the bird training world over the last ten to twenty years 31:00 – Visit www.torontozoo.org to find out more about Erin’s work including the shows at the zoo 34:06 - Ten steps to train a wild bird of prey 1:02 – Erin’s hopes for the animal training world in the next five to ten years

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Nancy Tucker - The good enough dog show art Nancy Tucker - The good enough dog

Animal Training Academy

* 1:40 - Ryan introduces Nancy Tucker * 3:15 – Nancy’s journey into positive reinforcement training * 8:19 – How a background in public relations helps Nancy as a trainer * 15:13 - Find Nancy online at nancytucker.com to find out more about her work * 17:53 –Nancy offers - Five tips for happier clients * 55:50 – Preventing compassion fatigue and burnout by listening to clients to find solutions and by adjusting our expectations * 57:32 – Behavior change takes time and requires patience * 1:05 – What Nancy would like to see happen in the next...

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Dr. Eduardo Fernandez – Everyone can shape with data! show art Dr. Eduardo Fernandez – Everyone can shape with data!

Animal Training Academy

* 1:40 - Ryan introduces Eduardo. * 4:00 – About where Eduardo's Behavioural odyssey * 13:48 – A definition of Behavior Analysis * 29:25 – Three basic tools to help you use data collection in your animal training. * 1:06 - What Eduardo would like to see happen in the next 5-10 years in the data collection, behavior analyst, animal training world. * 1:10 – Various events Eduardo has coming & information about the Behavioural Enrichment Animal Research Group and Animal Reinforcement Forum groups  on Facebook.

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Kathy Sdao - Anything you resist persists [Bright Spot Dog Training!] show art Kathy Sdao - Anything you resist persists [Bright Spot Dog Training!]

Animal Training Academy

Podcast Outline * 1:40 - Ryan introduces Kathy. * 4:00 – Kathy shares where she first learned about positive reinforcement animal training and some of the first animals she trained. * 22:22 – A couple of stories from Kathy about her time training dolphins. * 19:38 – What Kathy is up to now and where you can find her at www.kathysdao.com. * 22:57 – The difference between cues and commands and why this is important. * 42:13 – Some potential phrases from non-violent communication to use in consultations. * 47:31 – How Kathy deals with compassion...

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Petra Edwards - Bravely sharing about compassion fatigue show art Petra Edwards - Bravely sharing about compassion fatigue

Animal Training Academy

Petra Edwards Bio Petra is a dog trainer in Adelaide, South Australia and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a specialisation in Animal Behaviour. She also holds the professional canine trainer accreditation through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Petra is currently studying her PhD investigating how dogs experience their veterinary visits. She hopes her research will not only shed light on the veterinary experience, but offer practical and achievable solutions for improving welfare in the veterinary context. Petra has been involved in the dog training...

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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.