Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W1
CE Offered: BACB
Applying a Behavior Analytic Lens to Dog Training
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 102A
Area: AAB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Stephanie Keesey-Phelan, Ph.D.
STEPHANIE KEESEY-PHELAN (The Dog Behavior Institute), RAN COURANT-MORGAN (The Dog Behavior Institute)
Description: This workshop is designed for behavior analysts who love their dogs and want to learn more about how to work with their dogs within a behavior analytic framework. This is not a workshop to teach people how to be dog trainers, and it will not provide any specific training advice. However, this workshop will help participants identify how they may be implementing different principles of behavior with their own pet dogs, and participants will identify strengths and challenges with different procedures. Workshop participants should have a strong understanding of the principles of behavior and should be familiar with the basic processes of FBAs. This workshop will be interactive. Participants are encouraged to register in advance and will be asked to contribute the name and a photo of the important dog(s) in their life prior to the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Match common dog training terminology to behavior analytic terms (2) Verbally identify similarities and differences in working with learners across species, and identify personal strengths and areas for improvement when training one’s own dog (3) Tact body language cues in dogs (4) Verbally identify potential reinforcers for dogs (5) Collect data on dog behaviors (6) Identify common tools used in dog training and the principles of behavior responsible for the efficacy of those tools (7) Tact the side effects of punishment in dogs and verbally identify physical demonstrations of the side effects of punishment in dogs when shown video or photographs. (8) List possible functions of common “problem behaviors” in dogs
Activities: Instructional strategies include small group breakouts and large group discussions based on presented topics, photographs, and videos of dog behavior. Workshop objectives will be met through a balanced presentation of short lectures, video observation, and large and small group activities. Supplemental materials for identifying common dog behaviors and what they indicate will be provided in order to support participant learning. The format combines short lectures and an emphasis on group discussion and activities
Audience: Behavior analysts within their first 5 years of practice, including practitioners, supervisors, etc. or those who are currently enrolled in graduate-level courses in behavior analysis. Audience members should have an understanding of the principles of behavior, the three-term contingency, and functional behavior assessment procedures.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): animal behavior, dog behavior, dog training



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