Empower or Overpower? Reaching the Middle Ground with Our Clients and Our Pets


What is the relationship between control and behavior health? Do we empower our pets and risk animal anarchy or overpower them and risk breaking their spirits?  In this telecourse, Dr. Friedman discusses what science contributes to the current debate. She will give you answers to the most common client “yeah, buts…” such as, “Yeah but rewards are just bribes”, “Yeah but it’s hardwired”, “Yeah but what if the house burns down”. These ideas present very real obstacles to teaching clients to be effective behavior managers. Also discussed is a hierarchy of behavior change strategies to answer what science cannot: Is effectiveness our only criterion for selecting training strategies?

If you haven’t yet taken a course with Dr. Friedman, you’ve missed an enlightening experience — don’t let it happen again!  Dr. Friedman recently contributed the article called “He Says, She Says” to the APDT Chronicle, and she did a fabulous course for Raising Canine on Functional Assessment and Analysis.  This is another exciting and valuable course!



Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.

Dr. Friedman 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.