Tomato, tomäto; potato, potäto – what’s in a word?

CPDT-KA CEUs: 1.5
IAABC CEUs: 1.5
KPA CEUs: 1.5
$40.00

Have you ever argued for hours with a fellow consultant only to discover that you are both saying the same thing? Have you struggled to convince a client that their pet is not dominant – it simply doesn’t want to do something or understand what is expected?  Although they have very different backgrounds and have spent decades working with different species, Jean Donaldson and Dr. Susan Friedman, have discovered that they share many of the same issues and solutions. In this telecourse, four articles will be discussed, two from each author, as they have addressed the great dominance debate and the need for a standard trainer’s lexicon. Plan to join Jean and Susan in a discussion of the relevance of terminology and dominance. The debate over terminology and effective communication is raging within the companion animal communities! The dominance construct has permeated the dog, cat and parrot communities, and has even worked its way into the world of rodents and reptiles!  This course will help you get a handle on exactly what dominance is (or isn’t!) and how the terminology of behavior can help you be a better consultant and help turn our chosen avocation into a respected profession!

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jeand-1024x768Jean Donaldson

Frequently described as the most rational voice in dog training today, Jean Donaldson is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, MINE! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs and the newly released FIGHT! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression.In 1999 she relocated to San Francisco, where she directs the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers, regarded as the Harvard for dog trainers.  The Academy has trained and certified over 200 trainers in class training and private behavior counseling, and has a three to six month wait-list for its courses.

Jean has lectured to a wide variety of groups in North American, the UK, Japan and Australia.

Born in Montreal, Canada, where she studied at McGill, Jean founded both 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 various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial).  While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors.  Her background in science and keen interest in evolutionary biology, the subject in which she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree, uniquely suit her to view behavior as an evolutionary adaptation.

Susan Friedman

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. A Behaviorist for more than 25 years, her area of expertise is learning and behavior with a special emphasis on children’s behavior disorders. In the last several years, Susan has helped pioneer efforts to apply to animals the humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been so effective with human learners. The guiding principle of this approach is a hierarchy of teaching interventions starting with the most positive, least intrusive, effective behavior solutions.

Susan is a steadfast proponent of changing behavior through facilitation rather than force. These tools of facilitation focus on animals’ extraordinary biologic capacity to learn by interacting with their environment. She teaches that by changing the environment for success, animals learn to behave successfully. Susan currently teaches Living and Learning with Parrots: The Fundamental Principles of Behavior to online and workshop students several times a year.

Susan is the first author on two recently completed chapters on learning and behavior for two new avian veterinary texts (in press), and enjoys contributing to and learning from several internet lists on parrot behavior. She is a core member of the California Condor Recovery Team and takes every opportunity to work with companion animal caregivers, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers to empower and enrich the lives of all learners. Foremost in this interdisciplinary effort is her passion for and commitment to working with companion parrots and their caregivers.

Refund Policy: The course fee will be refunded, in its entirety, so long as the enrollee requests a refund in writing no later than the 14th day after the course is purchased. Alternatively, the enrollee may request an exchange or credit toward a different course, instead of a refund.