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: Alexandra Kurland – “We live on a very intelligent planet”
Dec 10 2018
Rank #4: Ryan O’Donnell – The daily BA; Saving the world with Behavior Analysis!
Sep 03 2018
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: 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 #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: Steve White – ProActive K9; Get “curious” with your animal training.
Oct 01 2018
Rank #9: Chirag Patel- Domesticated Manners (The bucket game)
Jan 22 2018
Rank #10: [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 #11: Grisha Stewart – Behaviour adjustment training 2.0…
Aug 20 2018
Rank #12: Jim Mackie – Animal Training and behavior officer, Zoological society of London.
Mar 05 2018
Rank #13: 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. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh. While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.
Mar 04 2019
Rank #14: Denise Fenzi – Fenzi dog sports academy; “Stay in the happy bucket”
Apr 30 2018
Rank #15: Nick Benger; How to create Animal Training podcasts/content
Oct 15 2018
Rank #16: Sam Turner – Proprioception “Too good, not to use for all the dogs…”
Apr 16 2018
Rank #17: Ryan Tate – Lessons learned from a career of behavior management
Dec 17 2016
Rank #18: Carrie Kish – Reptelligence; Ectotherm and snake training/enrichment
Mar 19 2018
Rank #19: Sarah Owings. “Embracing Brave Learning / Let’s Make Stimulus Control Sexy Again!”
Aug 13 2018
Rank #20: Hilda Tresz – Behavioural Enrichment and International Animal Welfare coordinator at Phoenix Zoo/Mentor for the Jane Goodall institute.
Jan 24 2017