Motor Patterns, Drives, Instincts, & Fixed Action Patterns:  Important considerations when choosing & training a dog


Certain responses are due to learning and others are based on heredity. Knowing what they are and how they affect the dog are a very important part of understanding why certain breeds behave the way they do. They are also a key element for trainers to better understand whether a behavior is modifiable at all. Severely punishing these innate behaviors can have serious consequences on the dog’s well being. This session discusses what these behaviors are and how they affect our dogs’ lives with humans.



Ken  Mc Cort

Ken  Mc Cort owns and operates “Four Paws” training center in Doylestown, Ohio. Along with his wife, Marilyn, a veterinarian, he lives with 7 dogs, 8 cats, 7 large birds, 2 goats, a pony and a llama. In his profession, he works with animals with behavioral concerns. Most clients and animals are acquired by referrals from veterinarians or other clients. He has been training animals full time and on a one-on-one basis since 1986. Currently, he works with dogs, cats, birds and llamas.

In addition to his business, Ken is a certified master instructor with the Delta Society’s Pet Partner program. Not only does he evaluate and certify animal/handler teams to visit in hospitals, nursing homes and many other areas, he helped to develop and also teaches the Licensed Team Evaluator Course given by the Delta Society both nationally and internationally. Currently Ken is working with 15 hospitals that have visiting animal programs including the “Doggie Brigade” at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, OH.

Ken has taught courses on animal behavior at the University of Akron, and presented at Columbus State, the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Midwest Veterinary Conference, the Society of Anthrozoologists, the Delta Society, Tuft’s University Animal Exposition, and many other animal related groups. He was also involved in developing a dog training program at the Mansfield Correctional Facility that utilizes inmates to train shelter dogs in order to learn a skill and make the dogs more adoptable. In addition, Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana, which is a research facility that studies wolf behavior, utilizes Ken for some its presentations, and has allowed him to train with their wolves for several years.



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.