Animal Training Academy
High Quality Animal Training Content. Information on techniques that apply to all animals in all situations. Positive un-intrusive training techniques only.
info_outline [Episode 103] Mary Hunter - PORTL; Your Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab. 10/14/2019
[Episode 103] Mary Hunter - PORTL; Your Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab. * 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 story to demonstrate. * 58:25 – Ways PORTL can continue to evolve over the next several years to help more people and animals are discussed.
info_outline [Episode 102] Bex Tasker – Positively together 09/30/2019
[Episode 102] Bex Tasker – Positively together * 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 others. * 58:05 – Ryan recaps the five things that Bex says have taught her about leading a better life & training other species. * 1:00 – Bex talks about what she would like to see in the next 5-10 years in the animal training world.
info_outline [Episode 101] Veronica Boutelle - 8 Biggest Dog Training Business Myths 09/16/2019
[Episode 101] Veronica Boutelle - 8 Biggest Dog Training Business Myths * 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 their own dogs. * 24:30 – Veronica talks about the discomfort trainers often experience when trying to sell their services. * 35:43 – Marketing does not have to equal self-promotion, and it can be more about education. * 41:54 – “The more you charge, the more clients you’ll have.” * 48:47 – Veronica talks about how learning marketing skills can remove a lot of the fear of running a business. * 52:09 – Ideas about how to determine success and get students to come back for more are shared. * 57:40 – Veronica suggests people don’t come to trainers to improve the bond between themselves and their dogs. * 1:01 – Veronica talks about her upcoming trip to Australia and New Zealand and what she’ll be doing there.
info_outline [Episode 100] Dr. Susan Friedman & Ryan Cartlidge - Off the perch 09/02/2019
[Episode 100] Dr. Susan Friedman & Ryan Cartlidge - Off the perch 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 technique of using a two-link chain to build duration in a behavior. A video of this can be viewed at https://behaviorexplorer.com/videos/duration-behavior-chain/ * 16:03 - Ryan and Susan discuss Susan’s process of using the technique mentioned above to teach her pup Ray to bark once and then wait at the door to be let out. * 18:53 - Susan explains the difference between identifying ABCs and developing a time log of events. * 25:36 – Susan talks about the importance of good observation skills along with a commitment to improving the quality of life of our learners in developing good questions that can help us advance techniques to be less intrusive. * 35:47 – Susan shares some thoughts regarding how to engage with others about issues we may not agree on.
info_outline [Episode 99] Pamela Clark - 10 things parrot consultants need to know in 2019 08/19/2019
[Episode 99] Pamela Clark - 10 things parrot consultants need to know in 2019 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
info_outline [Episode 98] Tim Sullivan - Brookfield Zoo; Curator of behavioural husbandry 08/05/2019
[Episode 98] Tim Sullivan - Brookfield Zoo; Curator of behavioural husbandry * 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 who is showing signs of decreased resilience. * 38:43 - Tim talks about the gorilla program and some challenges they are working through. * 49:58 – The power of self-fulfilling prophecies. 1:00 What Tim would like to see happen in the next 5-10 years in the world of positive reinforcement animal training.
info_outline [Episode 97] Dr. Patricia McConnell - The human-animal relationship 07/22/2019
[Episode 97] Dr. Patricia McConnell - The human-animal relationship 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
info_outline [Episode 96] Erin Davidson - Ten steps to train a wild bird of prey 07/08/2019
[Episode 96] Erin Davidson - Ten steps to train a wild bird of prey 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
info_outline Nancy Tucker - The good enough dog 06/24/2019
Nancy Tucker - The good enough dog * 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 5-10 years in the animal training world * 1:08 - Ryan thanks Nancy for coming on the show * 1:09 - Ryan directs people to www.animaltrainingacademy.com to find out more about ATA - including membership
info_outline Dr. Eduardo Fernandez – Everyone can shape with data! 06/10/2019
Dr. Eduardo Fernandez – Everyone can shape with data! * 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.
info_outline Kathy Sdao - Anything you resist persists [Bright Spot Dog Training!] 05/27/2019
Kathy Sdao - Anything you resist persists [Bright Spot Dog Training!] 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 fatigue or "attachment to outcome fatigue." * 52:50 – Five tips listeners can use to move toward non-violent communication. * 1:15 - Kathy discusses what she’d like to see happen in the next 5-10 years in the world of positive reinforcement animal training. About Kathy Sdao Kathy is an applied animal behaviourist. She’s been a full-time animal trainer for thirty years, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. At the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She then worked for the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy created Tacoma’s first dog day-care. Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at thirty-eight of these popular conferences. Kathy has travelled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico. In 2012, she published her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace.
info_outline Petra Edwards - Bravely sharing about compassion fatigue 05/13/2019
Petra Edwards - Bravely sharing about compassion fatigue 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 industry from a young age and has worked extensively over the years as an assistant and instructor of pet dog training classes and puppy pre-schools. She is fascinated by all things behaviour and especially loves helping owners and dogs live happily and companionably through positive reinforcement.
info_outline [Bonus episode] - Eva Bertilsson: CCC - Choice, Control & Communication 2019 05/06/2019
[Bonus episode] - Eva Bertilsson: CCC - Choice, Control & Communication 2019 Eva Bertilsson - Bio Eva Bertilsson has a master’s degree in behavior analysis and a passion for all things related to behavior, learning and animal welfare. Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum, teaching seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, and coaching trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species. Eva is a board member of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis, a faculty member of Clicker Expo, and an enthusiastic disseminator of ethical practices based in behavioral science. In addition to her own teaching, she has also been instrumental in introducing TAGteach ™ and Fear Free™, as well as numerous renown speakers (for example Susan Friedman, Susan Schneider and Clive Wynne), to the Scandinavian audience.
info_outline Dr. Robert Hewings - UK college of scent dogs 04/29/2019
Dr. Robert Hewings - UK college of scent dogs Dr Robert Hewings bio Dr Robert Hewings is the author of ‘Scent and Scent-ability’ and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, and a highly experienced Canine Trainer. He retired from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years’ exemplary service, 25 of which was as a Police Dog Handler. The final nine years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour) MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and a Doctor of Professional Practice (D/Prof) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine-search disciplines including explosive search and narcotics, supporting this with an amazing academic journey that has without doubt enhanced his relationship with the dogs he trains. Combining his scent detection experience Rob is currently training scent detection within the ‘Assistance Dog Community’ where, working in partnership with the PTSD Charity Bravehound is researching and training dogs to recognise the scent of a nightmare, and gently wake the sufferer. Finally, Rob truly understands the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with you and your dog. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years & as Rob says… long may this continue!!
info_outline Michelle Skurski - Disney's Animal Kingdom ® 04/15/2019
Michelle Skurski - Disney's Animal Kingdom ® Michelle Skurski Bio Michelle is going on almost 30 years now training animals in a zoological setting. She began her career at a facility called marine World Africa USA, training predominantly tigers. She joined Disney in 1998 and in 2001 became a Zoological Manager of Behavioural Husbandry. In this role she supports the animal care teams at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with maintaining training and enrichment programs for all species under their care. Along with her special interest in tigers Michelle has a passion for training reptiles large and small. Currently she sits on the AZA (American Zoological Association) Professional Development Committee and is co-course administrator and instructor for the AZA Professional Course: Environmental Enrichment in Zoo and Aquarium Settings.
info_outline Agnieszka Janarek - Changing training culture 04/01/2019
Agnieszka Janarek - Changing training culture Agnieszka Janarek Bio Behavior nerd, advocate of choice in animal training, nosework addict, obedience and concept training geek, trainer with passion and knowledge. Founder of Polish Nosework Association. Owner of three rescued mixed breeds with whom take part in various canine sports. Agnieszka relies on international education (courses and seminars in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany) and experience. Her priorities are combining learning science and practice, dog-handler relationship and balance between maintaining precision and fun.
info_outline Lindsay Wood brown 03/18/2019
Lindsay Wood brown Lindsay Wood Brown Bio Lindsay Wood Brown is a board-certified Associate Applied Animal Behaviourist (ACAAB) with a master’s degree in Animal Behavior. She specializes in finding solutions for behavioural challenges and consults for animal shelters on the design and implementation of behavior programs, effective behavior modification methods, and the development of robust operational strategies to achieve behavioral health for animals within the shelter environment. Lindsay teaches seminars and workshops around the country and serves as a faculty member for Karen Pryor Academy and Clicker Expo. She offers coaching and 1:1 mentorship opportunity for behavior consultants. Lindsay has a long history of leadership and building high functioning teams within animal shelters. She served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS), an open-admission animal shelter located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her role at Lynchburg Humane included the oversight of all shelter operations, with a strong focus on behavior and behavior modification to increase the number of animal lives saved and successfully rehomed. Lindsay served for 8 years as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado. She developed Boulder Humane’s Training and Behavior Department, including their comprehensive behavior modification program, which focuses on rehabilitating dogs with specific behavior conditions, including resource-guarding, fearful behavior, body-handling sensitivities, separation anxiety, and dog-dog aggression. Lindsay also developed the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s curricula for a wide array of positive reinforcement, clicker training classes for community members.
info_outline Jean Donaldson - Academy for dog trainers 03/04/2019
Jean Donaldson - Academy for dog trainers 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.
info_outline Ken Ramirez - Training animals for conservation; Chimpanzees, Elephants, Polar bears & more! 02/04/2019
Ken Ramirez - Training animals for conservation; Chimpanzees, Elephants, Polar bears & more! Follow the link for more information
info_outline Sabrina Brando - Director of Animal Welfare; WAZA [The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums] 01/21/2019
Sabrina Brando - Director of Animal Welfare; WAZA [The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums] Sabrina Brando is Director of Animal Welfare with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She has been working with and in zoos and aquariums for 26 years. She is also the owner of Animal Concepts. Sabrina has a BSc. in psychology and has an MSc. in Animal Studies.
info_outline Joan Orr – Convergence of Human Training, Animal Training & Technology [CHATT] 01/07/2019
Joan Orr – Convergence of Human Training, Animal Training & Technology [CHATT] Joan Orr is a scientist and internationally recognized clicker trainer. Along with Theresa McKeon, Joan is one of the co-founders of TAGteach International, a company that promotes the application of marker-based positive reinforcement training for humans. Most recently Joan has teamed up with behavior analyst Ryan O’Donnell to put on the annual conference: The Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology.
info_outline Lori Nanan – Nailed it; 5 tips for trimming your animals nails 12/24/2018
Lori Nanan – Nailed it; 5 tips for trimming your animals nails CLICK HERE for the podcast outline Lori Nanan Bio Lori Nanan runs LoriNanan.com, a company that offers online educational resources for dog owners and website and marketing services for rewards-based dog trainers. Lori also works for The Academy for Dog Trainers, where she provides orientation to new students and project management for events. She s worked [...]
info_outline Alexandra Kurland – “We live on a very intelligent planet” 12/10/2018
Alexandra Kurland – “We live on a very intelligent planet” CLICK HERE for the podcast outline Alexandra Kurland Bio Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She began teaching in the early 1980’s. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse’s balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound throughout a long lifetime is the [...]
info_outline Lynn Webb – The proficient pup; Avoiding snake avoidance training… 11/26/2018
Lynn Webb – The proficient pup; Avoiding snake avoidance training… CLICK HERE for the podcast outline. Lynn Webb (M.A., KPA CTP, CTMT) Bio Lynn Webb is a dog trainer and canine massage therapist who lives in Escondido, California, in North San Diego County. She is certified as a dog trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy and as a massage therapist through the Rocky Mountain School [...]
info_outline Geoff Flemming – Crucial Conversations; Tools for talking when stakes are high… 11/12/2018
Geoff Flemming – Crucial Conversations; Tools for talking when stakes are high… CLICK HERE for the podcast outline Geoff Flemming bio Geoff is the General Manager and Business Development at VitalSmarts Australia & New Zealand which is licensed to deliver the crucial conversations training in this part of the world. He is both a skilled facilitator, with intimate knowledge of crucial conversations & the other vital [...]
info_outline Leslie McDevitt – Control unleashed! 11/05/2018
Leslie McDevitt – Control unleashed! CLICK HERE for the podcast outline Leslie McDevitt Bio Leslie McDevitt is a certified dog behavior consultant, internationally renowned speaker and author of three books, Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog, Control Unleashed: Puppy Program and one coming out for this winter US Time – Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed. Leslie s writing has [...]
info_outline Arianna Bailey – Natural Encounters; The art & skill of learning as humans in the animal field 10/29/2018
Arianna Bailey – Natural Encounters; The art & skill of learning as humans in the animal field Arianna Bailey Bio As a native Floridian, Arianna has always had a love an appreciation for the unique ecosystem and state she was raised in. Her career started out at a small zoo in the Orlando area where she worked mostly with reptiles. This is where she found her passion for training, enrichment, and animal [...]
info_outline Dr Vanessa Rohlf – Compassion fatigue, stress management & grief! 10/22/2018
Dr Vanessa Rohlf – Compassion fatigue, stress management & grief! Dr. Vanessa Rolhf Bio Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a consultant, counselor and educator to those who work with and care for animals. She has a Ph.D. with a specialisation in psychology (human-animal interactions), a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and has worked in the animal industry for over 15 years. She has additional [...]
info_outline Nick Benger; How to create Animal Training podcasts/content 10/15/2018
Nick Benger; How to create Animal Training podcasts/content CLICK HERE for the podcast outline Nick Benger – Bio Nick Benger is a professional dog trainer that specializes in what he calls “engagement training” for pet dogs. He runs his business Bark Play Teach in his hometown of Bristol, England but is best known as the host of the Dog Talk with Nick Benger [...]