Rank #1: Emma Parsons – Click to calm; Talking aggressive & reactive dogs.
Sep 24 2017
Rank #2: Dr. Susan Friedman Behavior works/Psychology professor at Utah State University
Jul 03 2017
Rank #3: [Episode 107] - Sarah Stremming - The Cognitive Canine
Sarah is the founder of The Cognitive Canine, a dog trainer, dog agility and obedience competitor, and dog behavior consultant. She travels the globe helping dogs and handlers understand each other better.
Her credentials include a bachelors of science degree in psychology from Colorado State University, and more than a decade in the field of dog training and behavior with her special interest area being problem solving for performance dogs.
She is committed to education and growth in the field of dog training and attends the innovative training conference, Clicker Expo, every year. In addition to offering seminars internationally, she coaches teams online and is a faculty member at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy.
Dec 09 2019
Rank #4: Joan Orr – Convergence of Human Training, Animal Training & Technology [CHATT]
Joan Orr is a scientist and internationally recognized clicker trainer. Along with Theresa McKeon, Joan is one of the co-founders of TAGteach International, a company that promotes the application of marker-based positive reinforcement training for humans. Joan was a member of the Karen Pryor Clickertraining Clicker Expo Faculty for 9 years and content creator and advisor to the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. She is a pioneer in the field of clicker training rabbits and co-author of a book on the subject. Joan and Teresa Lewin are co-founders of Doggone Crazy Inc, a company dedicated to dog bite prevention through education. They created the board game Doggone Crazy!, the “Doggie Detective” bite prevention education program for elementary school children and the Clicker Puppy training DVD. Joan has published many articles on dog bite prevention, positive training methods and the importance of understanding dog body language and has received many awards for her work. Most recently Joan has teamed up with behavior analyst Ryan O’Donnell to put on the annual conference: The Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology.
Jan 07 2019
Rank #5: [Episode 100] Dr. Susan Friedman & Ryan Cartlidge - Off the perch
* 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 intrusive with their learners.
* 13:54 – Susan describes Mary Hunter’s demonstration of the technique of using a two-link chain to build duration in a behavior. A video of this can be viewed at https://behaviorexplorer.com/videos/duration-behavior-chain/
* 16:03 - Ryan and Susan discuss Susan’s process of using the technique mentioned above to teach her pup Ray to bark once and then wait at the door to be let out.
* 18:53 - Susan explains the difference between identifying ABCs and developing a time log of events.
* 25:36 – Susan talks about the importance of good observation skills along with a commitment to improving the quality of life of our learners in developing good questions that can help us advance techniques to be less intrusive.
* 35:47 – Susan shares some thoughts regarding how to engage with others about issues we may not agree on.
Sep 02 2019
Rank #6: Ryan O’Donnell – The daily BA; Saving the world with Behavior Analysis!
Sep 03 2018
Rank #7: Ken Ramirez - Training animals for conservation; Chimpanzees, Elephants, Polar bears & more!
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 animal care and animal training at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, where he developed and supervised animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for a collection of more than 32,000 animals. He worked at Shedd Aquarium for over 25 years. A 40+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas. He also was a trainer and coordinator at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, as well as acting as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. He also works closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs. Since 2005, Ken has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena. Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. The latter two projects: teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs, and to learn the concept of counting are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication. Both of these projects have documented cognitive abilities in dogs that have not been previously well reported or understood. Ken has also pioneered groundbreaking conservation training projects with chimpanzees, polar bears, elephants, butterflies, and other animals. Conservation training applies behavior science in the field with free-ranging animals and uses remote training to facilitate learning to assist wildlife biologists in a wide range of projects. Ramirez has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president. Ken has been actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings. Ramirez has written for numerous scientific publications and authored countless popular articles. He authored the book ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999 and Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Modern Dog Trainers, published in 2017. Ken taught a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University for 20 years and currently offers several online courses through the Karen Pryor Academy. In 2017 Ken moved to Washington state where he created a series of immersive hands-on training courses at The Ranch, the Karen Pryor National Training Center.
Feb 04 2019
Rank #8: Alexandra Kurland – “We live on a very intelligent planet”
Dec 10 2018
Rank #9: Steve White – ProActive K9; Get “curious” with your animal training.
Oct 01 2018
Rank #10: Kathy Sdao - Anything you resist persists [Bright Spot Dog Training!]
* 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 www.kathysdao.com.
* 22:57 – The difference between cues and commands and why this is important.
* 42:13 – Some potential phrases from non-violent communication to use in consultations.
* 47:31 – How Kathy deals with compassion fatigue or "attachment to outcome fatigue."
* 52:50 – Five tips listeners can use to move toward non-violent communication.
* 1:15 - Kathy discusses what she’d like to see happen in the next 5-10 years in the world of positive reinforcement animal training. About Kathy Sdao
Kathy is an applied animal behaviourist. She’s been a full-time animal trainer for thirty years, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. At the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She then worked for the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy created Tacoma’s first dog day-care.
Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at thirty-eight of these popular conferences. Kathy has travelled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico. In 2012, she published her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace.
May 27 2019
Rank #11: [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 www.behaviorexplorer.com to purchase your own PORTL manual and explore other available resources.
* 50:19 – Mary talks about how PORTL can be used to move toward a more errorless learning model and shares a story to demonstrate.
* 58:25 – Ways PORTL can continue to evolve over the next several years to help more people and animals are discussed.
Oct 14 2019
Rank #12: Dr Jesús Rosales-Ruiz; Associate professor of Behavior Analysis [part 1]
* 1:25 - Ryan introduces Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz.
* 3:45 - Jesús talks about where he first learned about Applied Behavior Analysis and what led him to his current work.
* 17:58 - Jesús talks about meeting Karen Pryor and Gary Wilkes in 1992 at the Association of Applied Behavior Analysis International.
* 20:15 - Jesús was hired by the University of North Texas (UNT) and begins using pets to teach students the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
* 23:20 - Bob and Marian Bailey volunteer to visit UNT regularly to help the students jumpstart their learning.
* 25:30 - A student identifies a socially relevant problem (horse trailer loading) to do her thesis on. The problem was solved and the results were published in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA).
* 27:25 - Eduardo Fernandez comes to UNT and he and five other students create ORCA.
* 29:30 - Jesús and his students begin doing work with rescue animals to help make them more adoptable.
* 30:28 - In the early 2000s, Karen Pryor visits Jesús at UNT and talks to him about her plans to form Clicker Expo and invites him to be part of this movement.
* 40:50 - Kay Laurence suggests creating a new conference at UNT, and the Art and Science of Animal Training Conference was born.
* 45:15 - Jesús discusses a couple more published studies including one about a monkey with self-injurious behavior.
Jan 06 2020
Rank #13: Laura Ryder - Seize the moment
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:
- As a member of the Fear-Free Speakers Bureau, she passionately brings low-stress handling and Fear-Free training into veterinary clinics – focusing on both the physical and emotional health of patients.
- Laura is one half of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers Australia education team. IMDT Australia launched in January 2019, and Laura hopes to see it follow in the IMDT UK’s footsteps – where it is known as the leading education provider for dog trainers and behaviourists.
- Laura also spends a lot of her time creating fun and engaging training courses for pet dogs. 2014 saw Laura create The Canine Adventure course – a non-competitive dog sport, for the family dog to enjoy. The Canine Adventure Course saw Laura travel to Las Vegas in 2016 to presents at the annual APDT conference, and then to London in 2017 where she presented at the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers Conference. There are now trainers all over the world running their very own fun Canine Adventure Courses – which for Laura, means more dogs out there, having fun with their families!
Laura shares her home with her husband, daughter, her four Border Terriers – Wicket, Malani, Lando and Rogue - and her 30-year-old horse, Arnie.LINKS
Morley Vet centre
Institute of Modern Dog Trainers Australia
Institute of Modern Dog Trainers UK
Canine Adventure Course
Feb 18 2019
Rank #14: Chirag Patel- Domesticated Manners (The bucket game)
Jan 22 2018
Rank #15: [Episode 97] Dr. Patricia McConnell - The human-animal relationship
- 1:40 – Introduction
- 4:06 – Patricia’s behavior odyssey
- 24:13 – A discussion on the human animal relationship
- 52:57 - What the word “communication” means to Patricia
- 58:25 – Patricia’s hopes for the animal training and behavior world in the next five to ten years
- 1:03 – Find out more about Patricia and her work at www.patriciamcconnell.com
Jul 22 2019
Rank #16: Grisha Stewart – Behaviour adjustment training 2.0…
Aug 20 2018
Rank #17: Jim Mackie – Animal Training and behavior officer, Zoological society of London.
Mar 05 2018
Rank #18: Denise Fenzi – Fenzi dog sports academy; “Stay in the happy bucket”
Apr 30 2018
Rank #19: Sam Turner – Proprioception “Too good, not to use for all the dogs…”
Apr 16 2018