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High Quality Animal Training Content. Information on techniques that apply to all animals in all situations. Positive un-intrusive training techniques only.
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High Quality Animal Training Content. Information on techniques that apply to all animals in all situations. Positive un-intrusive training techniques only.




[Episode 103] Mary Hunter - PORTL; Your Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab.

* 3:40 – Mary’s behavioural odyssey is shared. * 13:51 – Mary’s journey to getting her Masters degree at the University of North Texas is discussed. * 21:13 – The evolution of the Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab (PORTL). * 41:39 – And explanation of the PORTL lab manual’s contents and purposes. * 47:19 – Mary talks about PORTL ripples. * 48:52 – Visit to purchase your own PORTL manual and explore other available resources. * 50:19 – Mary talks about...


[Episode 102] Bex Tasker – Positively together

* 3:46 – Bex shares her behavioural odyssey [where she first got started in positive reinforcement animal training]. * 17:24 – Bex talks about her drive and motivation to keep learning, questioning the norm and following her gut. * 20:54 – Learning from our own experiences can help us have compassion for others. * 29:00 - Five things that positive reinforcement with horses has taught Bex about leading a better life and about training other species [including humans] are discussed. *...


[Episode 101] Veronica Boutelle - 8 Biggest Dog Training Business Myths

* 1:28 - Ryan introduces Veronica. * 4:47 – Veronica talks about dogbiz University and directs people to visit and then click on dogbiz University to find out more. * 10:20 – The move toward online education including challenges, successes and different models is discussed. * 14:05 - Veronica lists eight myths that are common among dog training professionals. * 18:58 – A variety of ways that the myth “we aren’t skilled and knowledgeable professionals” can...


[Episode 100] Dr. Susan Friedman & Ryan Cartlidge - Off the perch

Podcast outline * 2:40 – Susan explains that the “most positive least intrusive” language originated from the ethical and legal standards in the field of special education with children. * 4:15 – Ryan and Susan discuss the widespread influence of podcasts and online learning opportunities as well as the responsibility that comes along with that influence. * 9:19 – Susan talks about how a new wave of improved applications of the basic principles is helping practitioners to be even less...


[Episode 98] Tim Sullivan - Brookfield Zoo; Curator of behavioural husbandry

* 3:42 – Tim discusses how he came to co-found the ABMA. * 6:36 – Tim’s learning journey and the benefits he has received by taking advantage of a wide variety of learning opportunities. * 15:01 – A couple of stories from Tim’s early days as a trainer. * 19:40 – A few of the biggest things Tim has learned throughout his time as an animal trainer are discussed. * 23:53 - Tim tells listeners about Brookfield Zoo * 26:34 – Resilience in zoo animals. * 32:25 – Tim...


[Episode 97] Dr. Patricia McConnell - The human-animal relationship

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Nancy Tucker - The good enough dog

* 1:40 - Ryan introduces Nancy Tucker * 3:15 – Nancy’s journey into positive reinforcement training * 8:19 – How a background in public relations helps Nancy as a trainer * 15:13 - Find Nancy online at to find out more about her work * 17:53 –Nancy offers - Five tips for happier clients * 55:50 – Preventing compassion fatigue and burnout by listening to clients to find solutions and by adjusting our expectations * 57:32 – Behavior change takes time and requires...


Dr. Eduardo Fernandez – Everyone can shape with data!

* 1:40 - Ryan introduces Eduardo. * 4:00 – About where Eduardo's Behavioural odyssey * 13:48 – A definition of Behavior Analysis * 29:25 – Three basic tools to help you use data collection in your animal training. * 1:06 - What Eduardo would like to see happen in the next 5-10 years in the data collection, behavior analyst, animal training world. * 1:10 – Various events Eduardo has coming & information about the Behavioural Enrichment Animal Research Group and Animal Reinforcement Forum...


Kathy Sdao - Anything you resist persists [Bright Spot Dog Training!]

Podcast Outline * 1:40 - Ryan introduces Kathy. * 4:00 – Kathy shares where she first learned about positive reinforcement animal training and some of the first animals she trained. * 22:22 – A couple of stories from Kathy about her time training dolphins. * 19:38 – What Kathy is up to now and where you can find her at * 22:57 – The difference between cues and commands and why this is important. * 42:13 – Some potential phrases from non-violent communication to use...


Petra Edwards - Bravely sharing about compassion fatigue

Petra Edwards Bio Petra is a dog trainer in Adelaide, South Australia and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a specialisation in Animal Behaviour. She also holds the professional canine trainer accreditation through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Petra is currently studying her PhD investigating how dogs experience their veterinary visits. She hopes her research will not only shed light on the veterinary experience, but offer practical and achievable solutions for improving...


[Bonus episode] - Eva Bertilsson: CCC - Choice, Control & Communication 2019

Eva Bertilsson - Bio Eva Bertilsson has a master’s degree in behavior analysis and a passion for all things related to behavior, learning and animal welfare. Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum, teaching seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, and coaching trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species. Eva is a board member of the Swedish Association for...


Dr. Robert Hewings - UK college of scent dogs

Dr Robert Hewings bio Dr Robert Hewings is the author of ‘Scent and Scent-ability’ and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, and a highly experienced Canine Trainer. He retired from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years’ exemplary service, 25 of which was as a Police Dog Handler. The final nine years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour) MA...


Michelle Skurski - Disney's Animal Kingdom ®

Michelle Skurski Bio Michelle is going on almost 30 years now training animals in a zoological setting. She began her career at a facility called marine World Africa USA, training predominantly tigers. She joined Disney in 1998 and in 2001 became a Zoological Manager of Behavioural Husbandry. In this role she supports the animal care teams at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with maintaining training and enrichment programs for all species under their care. Along with her special interest in tigers...


Agnieszka Janarek - Changing training culture

Agnieszka Janarek Bio Behavior nerd, advocate of choice in animal training, nosework addict, obedience and concept training geek, trainer with passion and knowledge. Founder of Polish Nosework Association. Owner of three rescued mixed breeds with whom take part in various canine sports. Agnieszka relies on international education (courses and seminars in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany) and experience. Her priorities are combining learning science and practice, dog-handler relationship...


Lindsay Wood brown

Lindsay Wood Brown Bio Lindsay Wood Brown is a board-certified Associate Applied Animal Behaviourist (ACAAB) with a master’s degree in Animal Behavior. She specializes in finding solutions for behavioural challenges and consults for animal shelters on the design and implementation of behavior programs, effective behavior modification methods, and the development of robust operational strategies to achieve behavioral health for animals within the shelter environment. Lindsay teaches...


Jean Donaldson - Academy for dog trainers

Jean is the founder and principal instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2019. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award. In 2017, Jean was recruited to create Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses. Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school, and counseling service in the province....


Laura Ryder - Seize the moment

Laura Ryder - Bio Laura is the Head Dog Trainer at Morley Vet centre in Perth, Western Australia. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Full Member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and is also on the Fear-Free Speakers Bureau. Laura has three passions when it comes to dog training: Laura shares her home with her husband, daughter, her four Border Terriers – Wicket, Malani, Lando and Rogue - and...


Ken Ramirez - Training animals for conservation; Chimpanzees, Elephants, Polar bears & more!

CLICK HERE for the podcast outline Ken Ramirez Bio Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he oversees the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization, including ClickerExpo, Karen Pryor Academy, and The Ranch. This allows Ken to help bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world. Previously, Ken served as the Executive Vice-President of...