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 #W47
CE Offered: BACB
Canine Consulting and Training: An In-Person Primer
Friday, May 27, 2022
12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Off Site
Area: AAB/CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Terri M. Bright, Ph.D.
Description: The ethical training of dogs has not been over-burdened by peer-reviewed science, however best practices exist in the behavior analytic community that can be applied to changing dog behavior. In this workshop, these practices will be demonstrated. This clinical behavioral practice is at a veterinary teaching hospital, MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center. From intake forms to recommended behavioral training to written Behavior Plans, workshop attendees will receive verbal instruction in interviewing clients, dog behavior assessment (direct and indirect), and common differential reinforcement recommendations. Workshop attendees may submit a Behavior Consultation Form and have their own dog’s behavior be a (virtual) teaching case during the workshop. (The workshop presenter will decide on the case to be presented). Other case studies will be presented post hoc during the workshop. (Note: if an appropriate virtual teaching case is not submitted, other case studies will be presented.) Attendees will have hands-on experience training Shelter and owned dogs, learning to manipulate training equipment, and to train a number of alternative and incompatible-type behaviors to dogs. Dog body language and safety will be discussed and demonstrated, and a P.S.I. on how to discriminate fear vs. aggressive behaviors will be reviewed and sent to attendees for self-study. The cost of this workshop includes the cost of group transportation to the off-site workshop location. On-site registration for this workshop will not be available.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1) identify the most ethical rewards-based dog-training and ABA-based consulting practices; 2) demonstrate simple dog-training skills; 3) safely manipulate dog-training equipment, e,g, collars, harnesses, etc,); 4) be able to discriminate fearful and aggressive behavior in dogs via a Personalized System of Instruction.
Activities: • Participants will observe a Board-Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist/BCBA-D perform a verbal consult with actual submitted dog behavior problems. Participants may apply for this opportunity with their own dog; the dog will not participate, though videos may be sent; the behaviorist will choose the most appropriate case, and the participant will agree to answer questions during this “appointment.” The behaviorist will also present a case study of a known dog that will be present during the workshop. If an appropriate virtual teaching case is not submitted, other case studies will be presented. • Participants will work with available Shelter dogs and stuffed dogs on training/equipment/assessment activities, and observe/learn to train typical DRA behaviors she uses during her consultation practice. • Canine body language will be demonstrated with live dogs throughout and in a P.S.I. powerpoint presentation sent to participants. • Participants will have the opportunity to ask “troubleshooting” questions, e.g., “What do I do if a dog does ____?” Note: only generalized answers will be given.
Audience: The target audience consists of those who are interested in dog behavior and training, whether of their own dogs, Shelter dogs or others.
Content Area: Methodology
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): animal behavior, canine consulting, dog behavior, dog training



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