Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #209
CE Offered: BACB — 
Diversity submission Chasing Joy: Priorities for Ethical Dog Behavior Change
Sunday, May 26, 2024
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 102 AB
Area: AAB; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ran Courant-Morgan, M.S.
Chair: Ran Courant-Morgan (The Dog Behavior Institute)
STEPHANIE KEESEY-PHELAN (The Dog Behavior Institute)
MAIA HUFF-OWEN (University of North Texas)
KIKI YABLON (Kiki Yablon Dog Training/Karen Pryor Academy/BehaviorWorks)

When applying behavior analysis to dog behavior change, behavior analysts often focus only on the outcomes of effective behavior reduction or skill acquisition. In this panel, three professional dog trainers will discuss how they approach behavior change while centering joy for both the dog and human learner. A focus on joyful behavior change is intimately related to providing ethical care. Panelists will consider a working definition of joy in the context of training and what observable behavior might indicate that they have successfully incorporated joy into their training. Most dog training involves more than just dog behavior, and requires the practitioner to work well with both dogs and their people. The conversation will include discussion about the importance of accessibility and inclusion for human learners when working towards these goals. Incorporating best practices related to accessibility and inclusion can further support joyful training for dogs and their people. There will also be opportunity for attendees to submit questions for panelists.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

This is open to all instruction levels.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Identify potential definitions of “joy” that are relevant when teaching; (2) Name at least one way to make a behavior practice more accessible; (3) Identify the relevance of joy in training
Keyword(s): accessibility, dog behavior, ethics, inclusion



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