Animal Training Academy

Ryan Cartlidge

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Episodes

Creating Balance in Multi-Dog Homes with Sarah Stremming [episode 229]
Jun 3 2024
Creating Balance in Multi-Dog Homes with Sarah Stremming [episode 229]
In this episode of the Animal Training Academy podcast, host Ryan Cartlidge welcomes back Sarah Stremming, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with nearly two decades of experience in dog training and behavior, and 25 years competing in dog sports. Sarah, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University, shares has extensive hands-on experience working in various professional settings including daycares, boarding kennels, veterinary clinics, and shelters. Known for her compassionate and knowledgeable approach, Sarah provides valuable insights into achieving household harmony in multi-dog homes. This episode arose from a question posed by a member of the Animal Training Academy's members only Facebook community - concerning challenges they faced in multi-dog households. Sarah therefore shared information about her online course, 'Household Harmony,' with our community members, focusing on fostering harmonious relationships between dogs to prevent conflict.  Motivated by that Facebook post, we created this episode to unpack the components of Sarah's online course for our wider ATA community, understanding how challenging multi-dog households can be! In the episode, Sarah delves into the complexities of multi-dog living, addressing natural canine behavior, resource management, and strategies for maintaining peace and reducing stress within the home. Listeners will gain practical advice on creating a "culture of abundance" for their dogs, ensuring that resources are plentiful to minimise competition and conflict. Sarah also emphasises the importance of training core skills such as stationing, name recognition, and recall to manage and prevent conflicts effectively. Through her personal anecdotes and professional experiences, Sarah offers a wealth of knowledge to help dog owners create a more harmonious living environment for their pets. Join Ryan and Sarah as they explore the intricacies of multi-dog households and provide actionable tips to help you and your dogs live together peacefully. Links IG cognitive_canine TikTok sarahstremming  sarahstremming.com facebook.com/thecognitivecanine  Cog Dog Radio
Inside Animals Asia’s Bear Sanctuary with Sarah Van Herpt [Episode 228]
May 20 2024
Inside Animals Asia’s Bear Sanctuary with Sarah Van Herpt [Episode 228]
In this inspiring episode of the Animal Training Academy podcast, host Ryan Cartlidge welcomes back Sarah Van Herpt, the Director of Veterinary and Behavioural Husbandry Services for Animals Asia Vietnam. Sarah shares her extensive experience and insights on the groundbreaking work being done at the Animals Asia Vietnam Bear Rescue Center. With over 200 Asiatic black bears and Malayan sun bears under her care, Sarah discusses the organisations approaches to bear care, cooperative training, and rehabilitation. Listeners will gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges and successes in rescuing bears from the bile trade and other adverse conditions. Sarah also highlights the importance of compassion and empathy, not just for the animals but also for the people involved in this difficult work. This episode offers valuable lessons for trainers on how to implement cooperative care techniques and how to build trust and resilience in animals that have experienced trauma. Key Points Discussed: The mission and operations of Animals Asia, including their efforts to end bear bile farming in Vietnam and China.The rehabilitation process for rescued bears and the innovative care techniques used at the sanctuary.Success stories of individual bears and how personalized care and training have helped them recover.The importance of compassion and empathy in animal welfare and how it translates into practical care strategies.Sarah's personal journey in animal training and her advice for trainers looking to make a significant impact in their field. Links www.animalsasia.orghttps://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAsia/ https://www.instagram.com/animalsasiahttps://www.youtube.com/user/hkaaf  Some specific video links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jplkBH0n8_Yhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArrLWzJfniw  (Cubby Leo who Sarah talks about in the podcast episode used to be called Annemarie before she got her bear guardian).
Masterclass in Cooperative Care with Eva Bertilsson, Part Three [Episode 227]
May 6 2024
Masterclass in Cooperative Care with Eva Bertilsson, Part Three [Episode 227]
In this third episode of our series, Eva Bertilsson returns to discuss advanced cooperative care techniques in animal training. With a focus on enhancing autonomy and participation, Eva offers insights into the use of "start buttons" that allow animals to initiate interactions, which is crucial for building trust and cooperation. This session provides practical advice on creating positive and engaging training experiences using positive reinforcement. Eva explains how these methods not only improve routine care but also support complex behavioral adjustments. The episode is aimed at intermediate to advanced animal trainers looking to deepen their understanding of animal behavior and training ethics. Listeners will learn strategies to make training sessions enjoyable and effective, emphasizing respect for animal well-being and autonomy. Eva Bertilsson's approach offers a comprehensive view of modern training techniques that prioritize ethical considerations and animal welfare. LINKS Eva's website >>> https://evabertilsson.com/Click here to access the exclusive Australasian event page on Eva Bertilsson's website.Click here to visit Canine Education Academy website and join their newsletter to stay up-to-date with Eva Bertilsson's event in Australia.Click here for Canine Education Academy Australia's Eva Bertilsson workshop event on Facebook.Click here for the ATA & Pawsitive Behaviours New Zealand workshop event with Eva Bertilsson on Facebook.
Clicker to Clicks: Andre Yeu on Going Digital with your Training Business [Episode 226]
Apr 22 2024
Clicker to Clicks: Andre Yeu on Going Digital with your Training Business [Episode 226]
In the continuation of our insightful conversation with Andre Yeu, we dive deeper into the evolving landscape of animal training in a digital age. As the founder of When Hounds Fly Dog Training, Andre shares his strategies for integrating digital marketing into your traditional dog training business. This episode uncovers the nuanced challenges animal trainers face as they transition from brick-and-mortar operations to online platforms. Andre discusses the crucial role of digital marketing, from working with social media [like TikTok and Instagram] to harnessing the power of online engagement to foster a thriving community of trainers and pet owners. Listeners will gain exclusive access to Andre's strategies for optimizing digital presence without succumbing to the common pitfalls of overwhelming, confusing, and stressful digital transitions. He emphasizes the importance of seeking specialised help to navigate these waters, reflecting on his own journey from a tech-savvy entrepreneur to a succesful business in the dog training industry. Whether you're a seasoned trainer or just starting to scratch the surface of digital marketing, this episode is packed with valuable insights that promise to elevate your approach to animal training and business management in the digital era. Links - whenhoundsfly.com Instagram >>> https://www.instagram.com/whenhoundsfly TikTok >>> https://www.tiktok.com/@whenhoundsfly YouTube >>> https://www.youtube.com/@whenhoundsflyonline Links - Andre Yeu Linkedin >>> https://ca.linkedin.com/in/andreyeu Instagram >>> https://www.instagram.com/andre_yeu TikTok >>> https://www.tiktok.com/@andre_yeu/ Facebook >>> https://www.facebook.com/andreyeu
Fom Tech to Tails: Andre Yeu's Journey to Dog Training Excellence [Episode 225]
Apr 8 2024
Fom Tech to Tails: Andre Yeu's Journey to Dog Training Excellence [Episode 225]
In this episode of our podcast, we sit down with Andre Yeu, a visionary in the dog training arena, whose journey from tech entrepreneur to a leading figure in animal training is both inspiring and instructive. As the founder of "When Hounds Fly Dog Training" and a distinguished faculty member at the Karen Pryor Academy, Andre brings a wealth of experience and insight into the world of positive reinforcement training. Andre opens up about his transition from a career in technology to launching a successful dog training business. This episode explores the challenges and triumphs of Andre's entrepreneurial journey, including his initial struggles in sales, his bold leap into entrepreneurship, and the eventual establishment of his dog training academy, "When Hounds Fly." His commitment to ethical training methods and his dedication to providing quality education for both dogs and their trainers helping to set a high standard in the industry. Listeners will be treated to Andre's personal stories, including his life with his partner Hyedie Hashimoto, and their shared passion for rescuing animals. He shares the touching story of their rescue dog, Duke, and the challenges they faced in adapting to life with a hunting dog. These experiences have deeply influenced Andre's understanding of dog behavior and training, enriching his approach to teaching and animal care. This episode also delves into the technical aspects of dog training, with Andre discussing the importance of classical conditioning, counter conditioning, and the simplification of training plans to achieve effective results. His insights provide invaluable lessons for trainers of all levels. Andre's journey from "Sales to Dog Training" is a testament to the power of resilience, innovation, and a profound love for animals. His story is not just about the success of "When Hounds Fly" but about the transformative impact of positive reinforcement training on the lives of countless dogs and their owners. Links - whenhoundsfly.com Instagram >>> https://www.instagram.com/whenhoundsfly TikTok >>> https://www.tiktok.com/@whenhoundsfly YouTube >>> https://www.youtube.com/@whenhoundsflyonline Links - Andre Yeu Linkedin >>> https://ca.linkedin.com/in/andreyeu Instagram >>> https://www.instagram.com/andre_yeu TikTok >>> https://www.tiktok.com/@andre_yeu/ Facebook >>> https://www.facebook.com/andreyeu
Cooperative Care: A Conversation with Eva Bertilsson - part 2 [Episode 224]
Mar 25 2024
Cooperative Care: A Conversation with Eva Bertilsson - part 2 [Episode 224]
In Episode 224 of the ATA podcast show, host Ryan Cartlidge reconnects with Eva Bertilsson for an insightful part two of their conversation on cooperative care. Building on the foundational information from Episode 219, this session dives deeper into effective strategies and ideas. Through the lens of real-world scenarios, such as Fibi's [Ryan's dog] eye-cleaning discomfort, Eva shares her expertise in creating positive learning environments that respect animal autonomy and foster engagement. Here’s a breakdown of the key themes discussed in the episode; Understanding Animal Cues Observation is Key: Recognizing subtle behaviors in animals like Fibi can significantly enhance training effectiveness.Behavioral Responses: Discusses how animals communicate discomfort and stress, emphasizing the importance of adapting training methods accordingly. The Role of Start Buttons Empowering Animals: Introduces the concept of "start buttons" in training, allowing animals to initiate interactions and training sequences.Creating Comfort: Focuses on building a comfortable and stress-free training environment where animals feel safe and understood. Practical Training Insights Simplifying the Process: Advocates for a simplified approach to training that prioritises positive reinforcement and allows for opting out.Avoiding Aversives: Warns against the use of aversives in training, suggesting they can lead to avoidant behaviors.Engagement Over Rules: Encourages focusing on the overall attitude and engagement of learners, rather than strict adherence to specific rules. Through Eva Bertilsson's expertise and Ryan Cartlidge’s thoughtful questioning, listeners are offered a masterclass in refining their training practices to be more aligned with the needs and well-being of their animal companions. This episode serves as a reminder of the transformative power of empathy, observation, and respect in the world of animal training and specifically with cooperative care.
Unraveling ABA's Potential with Francesca Degli Espinosa [episode 223]
Mar 11 2024
Unraveling ABA's Potential with Francesca Degli Espinosa [episode 223]
In the second instalment of our enlightening conversation with Francesca Degli Espinosa, we venture further into the realm of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and its transformative power across species. Francesca, an acclaimed behaviour analyst and board member of the B.F. Skinner Foundation, shares her expansive journey and pioneering research in ABA, from groundbreaking work with children with autism to exploring the cognitive underpinnings of behaviour in both humans and animals. What You'll Discover in This Episode: The Science of Behavior Analysis: Francesca delves into the critical importance of controlling variables in child development and the innovative strategies for fostering generative learning and verbal behaviour.From Theory to Practice: Insights into Francesca's approach to translating complex cognitive processes into practical interventions for children with autism, emphasizing the pivotal role of early social responding and joint attention.A Unified Approach: The compelling narrative of Francesca's quest to bridge the gap between behaviour analysts focusing on human learners and those working with non-human animals, including her own journey into professional dog training.The Art of Communication: Francesca and Ryan discuss the essence of true joint attention, the challenges of rapid word acquisition, and the broader implications for teaching and learning across species boundaries. Why This Episode Is a Must-Listen: Dive deeper into the science of behaviour analysis with Francesca Degli Espinosa, exploring the nuanced parallels between human and animal learning. This episode is a testament to the universality of ABA principles and their potential to enrich lives, regardless of species. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion that spans the spectrum of behaviour analysis, from theoretical foundations to practical applications. Engage With Us: We’re eager to hear your thoughts on this episode and your own experiences in behaviour analysis or animal training. Connect with us through our membership subscription, share this episode with your peers, and become part of our vibrant ATA community for more enriching conversations. Looking Ahead: Stay tuned for more episodes that challenge, inspire, and educate. Our journey together continues to unfold, bringing new insights and discoveries at the intersection of human and animal behaviour analysis. Thank you for being an integral part of the ATA community. Links: www.abaclinic.netFrancesca Degli Espinosa on Facebook
Bridging Worlds: Francesca Degli Espinosa on Behavior Analysis & Dog Training [Episode 222]
Feb 26 2024
Bridging Worlds: Francesca Degli Espinosa on Behavior Analysis & Dog Training [Episode 222]
In this episode, dive into the unique journey of Francesca Degli Espinosa, from her groundbreaking work in behavior analysis with children with autism to her personal exploration of dog training [stared during the pandemic]. With the adoption of her Labrador puppy, Darwin, Francesca opens up about how her professional life influenced her dog training and vice versa. What You'll Discover in This Episode: Francesca's transition from using Applied Behaviour Analysis with human learners to dog training and the lessons learned along the way.Insights into behavior analysis and its application in understanding and training dogs.The story of Darwin, the pandemic puppy, and the challenges and joys of training him. Why This Episode Is a Must-Listen: Francesca shares her insights into the parallels between behavior analysis in humans and animals, emphasizing the importance of communication, understanding, and empathy in both fields. Whether you're a seasoned animal trainer or just passionate about behavior analysis, there's something in this episode for everyone. Engage With Us: If Francesca's story has sparked your interest or if you have your own experiences to share, we'd love to hear from you. Subscribe to our podcast, share this episode with your network, and join our dedicated membership for more discussions. Looking Ahead: Don't miss our next episode, where we'll delve into part two of our conversation with Francesca. Thank you for tuning in and for being a part of our ATA community. Links; www.abaclinic.nethttps://www.facebook.com/francesca.d.espinosa
Setting Boundaries: A Path to Professional Well-being - Jessica Dolce; part 2 [Episode 221]
Feb 12 2024
Setting Boundaries: A Path to Professional Well-being - Jessica Dolce; part 2 [Episode 221]
In this compelling continuation of our discussion with Jessica Dolce, a certified compassion fatigue educator, this episode of the Animal Training Academy podcast delves deeper into the challenges of burnout. Ryan opens the conversation by addressing the critical need to redefine success in the face of burnout. Jessica elaborates on burnout as a syndrome stemming from chronic workplace stress, asserting that it is a condition of the work environment rather than a personal failure. The dialogue uncovers the primary causes of burnout, highlighting the systemic nature of this issue and offering insights into creating a healthier work-life balance. Further, the discussion pivots to the growth mindset and the strategic approach of setting "enoughness" conditions for personal and professional satisfaction. Jessica shares her methodology in coaching and public speaking, demonstrating how specific, measurable goals can alleviate decision fatigue and contribute to a more fulfilling career. The episode also delves into the importance of self-compassion and setting boundaries within organizational structures to mitigate workplace stress. By embracing a redefined measure of success and acknowledging one's achievements, Jessica and Ryan illuminate a path towards a sustainable and joyful career in animal welfare. Find Jessica online at: https://jessicadolce.com and https://www.compassioninbalance.com
Practicing Compassionate Badassery with Jessica Dolce [Episode 220]
Jan 29 2024
Practicing Compassionate Badassery with Jessica Dolce [Episode 220]
In this episode of the Animal Training Academy podcast, Ryan Cartlidge has a conversation with the insightful Jessica Dolce, a certified compassion fatigue educator. Jessica, with her extensive background in animal welfare and education, delves into the often-overlooked realm of compassion fatigue, an issue prevalent among animal caregivers and welfare professionals. Her journey, beginning with a personal dog walking business and evolving into co-founding a non-profit, illustrates the deep emotional investment inherent in animal welfare. Jessica's firsthand experience with burnout and compassion fatigue while working in shelters led her to become a certified educator in this field, offering a lifeline to those struggling with the emotional toll of intensive caregiving. Throughout the episode, Jessica illuminates the concept of compassion fatigue, describing it as a complex mix of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion. She stresses the significance of replenishing empathy to maintain joy and satisfaction in life and work. Jessica and Ryan explore strategies for managing these challenges, including the importance of hobbies and activities unrelated to work, differentiating active from passive rest, and embracing practices like gratitude exercises. This episode promises not only to educate but also to inspire and empower animal welfare professionals in their journey towards a balanced, joyful, and sustainable career in animal care. Find Jessica online at: https://jessicadolce.com and https://www.compassioninbalance.com
Cooperative Care: A Conversation with Eva Bertilsson [Episode 219]
Jan 15 2024
Cooperative Care: A Conversation with Eva Bertilsson [Episode 219]
In this episode we welcome the remarkable Eva Bertilsson, a behaviour analyst and co-founder of Carpe Momentum, renowned for her pioneering work in animal behaviour and cooperative care. Eva Bertilsson brings a wealth of knowledge to today's discussion, aimed at assisting you, the listener, in navigating the often-stressful challenges of cooperative care, both for you and your clients. Our special guest; Eva Bertilsson, From her humble beginnings at a local dog club to becoming an international educator. Her insights into R+ approaches, behavioural principles, and quality of life enhancement are invaluable. Her collaboration in Carpe Momentum and various other partnerships symbolize her commitment to pioneering animal care. The Plan: Listen, Learn, and Impact Listen to the episode to immerse yourself in Eva's profound insights on cooperative care.Grow your skills, knowledge, and confidence through Eva's shared experiences and strategies.Impact the lives of animal and human learners by applying what you learn! We don’t want you to feel stressed and overwhelmed by cooperative care challenges, we’re here to support your growth in skills and knowledge. Our aim is to build your confidence empowering you to make a profound positive impact on the lives you touch. LINKS Eva's website >>> https://evabertilsson.com/Click here to access the exclusive Australasian event page on Eva Bertilsson's website.Click here to visit Canine Education Academy website and join their newsletter to stay up-to-date with Eva Bertilsson's event in Australia.Click here for Canine Education Academy Australia's Eva Bertilsson workshop event on Facebook.Click here for the ATA & Pawsitive Behaviours New Zealand workshop event with Eva Bertilsson on Facebook.
Building Confidence & Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Nicky Plaskitt [Ep 218]
Jan 1 2024
Building Confidence & Overcoming Impostor Syndrome with Nicky Plaskitt [Ep 218]
In the second part of our awesome coversation with Nicky Plaskitt, we delve into a topic that resonates deeply with many of our listeners: overcoming impostor syndrome and growing your confidence in the realm of animal training. We understand that Impostor syndrome can totally be a daunting barrier, often leaving many feeling inadequate and overwhelmed in their journey to become proficient positive reinforcement animal trainers. This feeling is echoed in the recurring discussions among our Animal Training Academy community members, who frequently share their struggles with feeling like an 'impostor' in their field. Therefore I was so excited to have Nicky Plaskitt, a seasoned expert in animal training, join us for this episode to share her invaluable insights on how to cultivate confidence within yourself as a trainer. With years of experience, Nicky is the ideal guide to help us navigate these challenging waters. In our conversation, we cover several key areas. Our goal for 2024 is to help you grow — not just in skills and knowledge, but crucially, in confidence. With this newfound confidence, we want you to have your biggest possible positive impact on the lives of all the animal and human learners you work with in 2024. Links; Facebook >>> https://www.facebook.com/shapingbehaviourInstagram >>> https://www.instagram.com/nickyshapingbehaviour/?hl=enwebsite >>> https://shapingbehaviour.com/home
Nicky Plaskitt: Blazing Trails in Zoological Behaviour [Episode 217]
Dec 18 2023
Nicky Plaskitt: Blazing Trails in Zoological Behaviour [Episode 217]
In this episode of our podcast, we're thrilled to welcome Nicky Plaskitt, a seasoned animal care professional and positive reinforcement training subject matter expert. Nicky's journey, which spans over two decades, is a testament to the transformative power of science-based training methods in animal care. Starting in 2000, Nicky embarked on her career in various zoological collections, where she honed her skills in a multitude of roles - from animal keeping to team leadership. In 2021, Nicky took her expertise to a new frontier, founding Shaping Behaviour. This venture reflects her deep commitment to improving animal welfare by empowering caregivers with the knowledge and skills they need to excel. Her role as a Zoological Behaviour Consultant has allowed her to impact animal care both in the UK and internationally. Nicky's dedication to her field is further evidenced by her involvement with the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), where she has been a member since 2012 and recently joined the Board of Directors. Her efforts in organizing the first-ever UK Symposium highlight her initiative in enhancing bird welfare across the UK and Europe. A Certified Professional Bird Trainer and Animal Trainer through the International Avian Trainers Certification Board (IATCB), Nicky not only contributes her expertise but also shapes future standards in the field as a board member. Above all, Nicky's passion lies in seeing all learners, regardless of species, succeed through clear and kind communication. This episode is an exploration of her fantastic career, her insights into positive reinforcement training, and how she’s making a difference in the world of animal care. Join us as we delve into the story of a true pioneer in the field, whose work continues to inspire and shape the future of animal training in the UK & beyond. Links; Facebook >>> https://www.facebook.com/shapingbehaviourInstagram >>> https://www.instagram.com/nickyshapingbehaviour/?hl=enwebsite >>> https://shapingbehaviour.com/home
From the Archives: Chirag Patel on his training journey, The Bucket Game, and Navigating Challenges [Episode 216]
Dec 4 2023
From the Archives: Chirag Patel on his training journey, The Bucket Game, and Navigating Challenges [Episode 216]
In this special archival episode of the Animal Training Academy Podcast, we revisit a gem from our collection - an insightful conversation with the awesome Chirag Patel. Chirag takes us through his early days in the field, sharing the experiences that shaped his unique perspective on animal behaviour and training. A highlight of this episode is Chirag’s explanation of his 'Bucket Game', a fun technique for cooperative care that fosters trust and patience in animals during training sessions. This game demonstrates Chirag’s creative approach & also serves as an invaluable tool for trainers worldwide. Chirag also delves into strategies for empathetically dealing with challenging situations and people, offering practical advice. His insights are a testament to the importance of understanding, patience, and empathy in any form of teaching or interaction. In addition to these key topics, our conversation branches out into a variety of other subjects, making this episode a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration for trainers and animal enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re a long-time follower of Chirag Patel or hearing his wisdom for the first time, this episode from our archives is sure to enrich your understanding of animal training and the power of empathy in all walks of life. Links; Website; https://www.domesticatedmanners.com/Instagram: @ChiragPatelConsultingFacebook: www.facebook.com/chiragpatelconsultingYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/chiragpatelconsulting
Navigating the Challenges of Dogs, children &  Newborns in Family Life; Jennifer Shryock [Episode 215]
Nov 20 2023
Navigating the Challenges of Dogs, children & Newborns in Family Life; Jennifer Shryock [Episode 215]
In this episode of the ATA podcast show, we delve into the dynamic and often challenging world of families juggling the responsibilities of parenting young children and managing their dogs. Our story revolves around families who find themselves overwhelmed by the chaos of a household with toddlers, babies, and pets. The complexity of ensuring safety and harmony for everyone - adults, children, and animals - is a pressing concern that many face daily. Enter Jennifer Shryock, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and the founder of Family Paws LLC. Jennifer's unique journey from a special education teacher to a leading figure in dog behaviour equips her with unparalleled insights into this delicate balance. Through her innovative programs, Dogs & Storks and Dogs & Toddlers, she has established a new paradigm for families navigating these challenges. In our conversation, we uncover crucial strategies for success, including; setting boundaries for safety between dogs and newbornsEstablishing "success stations" around the homeThe necessity of practising active supervisionModelling appropriate behaviour for children andThe value of creating predictable routines. These takeaways are not just theoretical but are backed by real-life success stories shared by Jennifer, demonstrating the transformative impact of learning from her knowledge and experience. Join us as we navigate the journey of integrating dogs into families with newborns, aiming to foster an environment of safety, understanding, and mutual respect. Whether you're a parent, dog owner, or both, this episode is a treasure trove of insights and tips to help you lead a fulfilling life while positively impacting the lives of both your human and animal learners. Visit the Family Paws website here >>> https://www.familypaws.comhttps://www.familypaws.com/services/for-dog-professionals/See Family Paws on Instagram here >>> https://www.instagram.com/familypawsofficial/?hl=enSee Family Paws on FaceBook here >>> https://www.facebook.com/FamilyPawsParentEd
Navigating the Caring Role: Dr. Nurena - Merging Medical & Training Fields [Episode 214]
Nov 6 2023
Navigating the Caring Role: Dr. Nurena - Merging Medical & Training Fields [Episode 214]
As a listener of the ATA podcast show, we understand how deeply you care about the well-being of the animals you work with. However, at times, your role as a positive reinforcement trainer can feel isolating, stressful, and overwhelming. At ATA, we don't want anyone to feel this way, especially knowing how diligently our listeners strive to make a positive impact on the lives of both animal and human learners they work with. Enter Dr. Kathie Nurena, a human physician and a certified dog trainer. Kathie deeply understands how learning theory and positive reinforcement principles can benefit both animals and humans. Having graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Karen Pryor Academy, Kathie's unique background blends medicine and dog training, providing her with a truly unique perspective on the challenges faced in caring roles. In this episode, together with Kathie, you'll learn about: Trauma-Informed Care: Discover the essence of trauma-informed care and how its principles can be integrated into your role as a trainer. Patient-Centred Care and Compassion Satisfaction: Explore the significance of shifting focus from compassion fatigue to compassion satisfaction. Learn how reframing your thoughts can play a pivotal role in your professional journey, both in preventing burnout and enhancing satisfaction.Emotions, Reinforcement, and Hope: Gain insights into the Maslow scale and pro qual questionnaires, and discover how "hope" (Healthy Outcomes through Positive Experiences) can benefit you. By the end of this episode, you'll be equipped with new knowledge and ideas to help avoid feelings of overwhelm and burnout. This will boost your confidence as a trainer, enabling you to have your biggest possible positive impact on the lives of both animal and human learners you work with. Links/references; The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire >>> https://www.ncjfcj.org/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/Finding-Your-Ace-Score.pdf\Maslach Burnout Inventory >>> https://pscentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Maslach-Burnout-Inventory-.pdfProQol >>> https://proqol.org/proqol-measureHealthy Outcomes From Positive Experiences (HOPE) >>> https://positiveexperience.org/about-us/Trauma informed care from CDC >>> https://www.cdc.gov/orr/infographics/6_principles_trauma_info.htmCrisis phone line in USA >>> https://988lifeline.org/Crisis text line in USA >>> https://www.crisistextline.org/Clicker Expo Live (Kathie & Linda present Sat Jan 27 8-10 am pacific time) >>> https://clickerexpo.clickertraining.com/clicker-expo-virtual/live-2024-conference-program/ Videos A talk by Dr Nadine Burke Harris (16 minutes) >>> https://youtu.be/95ovIJ3dsNk?si=nI_NtlOeN_0KUunvThree and a half minute video on trauma-informed care >>> https://youtu.be/fWken5DsJcw?si=pCZTrKe3Xgz9oujI
Genuine Choices in Animal Training: Exploring Assent with Hannah D. McGee [Episode 213]
Oct 23 2023
Genuine Choices in Animal Training: Exploring Assent with Hannah D. McGee [Episode 213]
With the relentless pace of research enhancing our community's insights, how frequently do you reassess the positive impact of your training methods on your animals? Many grapple with bridging the chasm between theory and practice. If you've been there, stressing over how to implement new knowledge, you're not alone - therefore In this episode, you, the dedicated listener, will unravel the subtle layers of one such area - 'assent' in animal training.  Meet Your Guide: Hannah D. McGee, a souce of wisdom in the realm of canine behaviour. With her extensive credentials as a Canine Behavior Consultant and with her role at the University of North Texas, she dives deep into the science and art of animal training. And as someone passionate about refining trainer skills, she bridges the academic and practical seamlessly. Here's a sneak peek of your journey: Understanding Assent: Grasp the nuances between assent and consent. Hannah lays down why continuous monitoring is essential and how assent paints a clearer picture of your animal's desires and your training efficiency. The Tricky Terrain of Coercion: Just because an animal seems to participate willingly doesn't mean they genuinely want to. Dive into the intriguing example of a rat named Puff to understand how easy it is to inadvertently coerce assent. The Essence of Genuine Choices: By exploring the concept of 'degrees of freedom', you'll understand how true choices in training contexts can be offered to animals. The curious case of a rat named Perry will challenge traditional thinking around reinforcement and offer a fresh perspective. You wouldn't want to navigate the treacherous waters of embarrassment, burnout, or ineffectiveness, would you? Instead, arm yourself with knowledge, resilience, and a toolkit that sets you on a path of success. By the end of this episode, you'll be poised to make impactful strides in your training journey, ensuring you and your animal learners lead fulfilling lives. So, if you've been seeking a roadmap to master animal training that respects choice, participation, and well-being, this episode is a must-listen! Equip yourself with the latest insights, be the trainer your animals truly deserve, and let Hannah's expertise light the way. Can There Be Compassion without Assent? A Nonlinear Constructional Approach: https://rdcu.be/dlqvtBehavior Explorer >>> https://behaviorexplorer.com/Email: hannahmcgee@my.unt.edu
Elderly Animal Welfare: A Deep Dive with Debra Marrin [Ep. 212]
Oct 9 2023
Elderly Animal Welfare: A Deep Dive with Debra Marrin [Ep. 212]
It's undeniable that caring for aging animals is a complex task. The unique needs of older animals can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and even a bit helpless. It's a journey filled with emotions and challenges. Enter our guide for this episode, Debbie Marrin. With over 48 years of professional animal training and management experience, Debbie is the Director of Training and Behavioral Husbandry at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens. She's been at the forefront of husbandry training since 1985 and has a special passion for the care and training of geriatric animals. Debbie has co-authored multiple papers, a book chapter, and has presented at several conferences dedicated to geriatric animal welfare. In this episode, Debbie shares her top 5 strategies to help you navigate the challenges of aging animal care: Be a Good Observer: Recognize both in and out of training behaviours that might be red flags for health issues.Have a Whole Life Plan: Teach foundation behaviours early on to make future training for specific issues easier.Educate Yourself: Learn about common issues that aging animals face, from pain and cognitive decline to kidney disease and arthritis.Take a Wholistic Approach: Consider every component of care, from medications and environmental conditions to nutrition and daily husbandry.Be Compassionate and Flexible: Understand what the animal is experiencing and modify your training expectations accordingly. Don't let the challenges of caring for aging animals lead to stress, overwhelm, or burnout. By listening to this episode, you'll be better equipped to build resilience to setbacks, get more organized, and grow your training skills and knowledge. Enjoy confidence in yourself as a trainer and lead a fulfilling life, positively impacting the lives of the animal and human learners you work with. Listen to the podcast episode now and transform your approach to aging animal care. -- -- -- -- -- Debbie Marrin's email >>> debbiem@sfzoo.org Links Doc; The benefits of training for aging animals [talked about in the episode] Geriatric animal observation log
Dr Susan Friedman & Rick Hester; Freeing the Operant [Ep. 211]
Sep 25 2023
Dr Susan Friedman & Rick Hester; Freeing the Operant [Ep. 211]
At Animal Training Academy, we understand your passion. You're dedicated to mastering your animal training skills using a force-free approach. You're driven by the desire to handle the myriad of challenges that come your way, equipped with a broad knowledge & experience base. But like all of us, there are times you hit rough patches in your training journey. These challenges can sometimes leave you feeling overwhelmed & helpless. It's disheartening, especially when you have so much love and dedication for what you do. We believe everyone should be empowered to positively impact the lives of the animal and human learners they come into contact with. Enter our guides for this episode: Dr. Susan Friedman and Rick Hester. Rick Hester has extensive experience at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. He's worked with a diverse range of species from penguins to African lions. Collaborating with experts like Dr. Susan Friedman, Rick has deepened his understanding of behaviour analysis. His work at the zoo and his role as an adjunct faculty at Colorado State University showcase his dedication to the field. Dr. Susan G. Friedman, a global influencer in the realm of animal behavior, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. Her work, translated into multiple languages, has been instrumental in shaping the understanding of animal behaviour across the world. In this episode, they'll guide you to: Understand the concept of the four freedoms: Freedom to Initiate, Freedom to Form, Freedom to Repeat, and Freedom of Pace.Dive deep into real-world examples with penguins and elephants at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.Brainstorm and strategize on how to integrate this newfound knowledge into your work, enhancing your ability to meet your animals' needs and improve their welfare. So, are you ready to elevate your training skills? Dive in and listen to this enlightening podcast episode. Our goal at Animal Training Academy is to support you in avoiding the pitfalls of embarrassment, overwhelm, and burnout. By equipping you with the right knowledge and tools, we aim to help you build resilience to setbacks, get more organized, and continuously grow your training skills. Ultimately, we envision you confidently navigating your journey, leading a fulfilling life, and making a positive impact on both animal and human learners. Listen to the episode now and embark on a transformative journey in animal training. Links Learn more from Dr Friedman and get in touch with both her and Rick here >>> https://www.behaviorworks.org/
Michele Pouliot 2: Balancing Honesty & Frustration in advocating for R+ [Ep. 210]
Sep 11 2023
Michele Pouliot 2: Balancing Honesty & Frustration in advocating for R+ [Ep. 210]
We know you're a passionate trainer, driven by a desire to master animal training skills through a force-free approach. You dream of a world where animals operate from a place of understanding and trust, not fear. Yet, advocating for positive reinforcement, especially when up against those using aversives, isn't straightforward. How can you effectively champion this cause and foster a paradigm shift in the animal training world? Enter Michele Pouliot, your guide in this most recent ATA podcast episode. With an impressive 51 years in the field, Michele understands the challenges you face and offers a roadmap to navigate them.  Here are three of the [many] big takeaways from the episode on how to advocate for positive reinforcement A little bit of frustraion on your end is okay: Learn to channel your emotions effectively, The importance of honesty [paired with kindness]: The critical importance of honesty and transparency in building trust with clients.Building Trust: Learn about the importance of trust in your relationships with others, [drawing parallels between the relationships you forge with animals] We want to see you avoid embarrassment, overwhelm and burnout. Instead, we want to see you build resilience to setbacks, get more organised, and grow your training skills and knowledge. In short, we want to see you enjoy confidence in yourself as a trainer and lead a fulfilling life, positively impacting the lives of the animal and human learners you work with. Join us in this awesome episode and turn your aspirations into ripples. LINKS; website:  www.michelepouliot.com IAABC online course:  https://iaabcfoundation.org/courses/creating-desirable-behavior-around-distractions/ Links to videos Freestyle routines https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/kgy9fkap7xzi1gqpedji7/Somewhere-Over-the-Rainbow-MichelenSake.mp4?rlkey=dyaovrp14gf3f7pybj2c4u4wc&dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/a650fq5rsvc90z4/I%20Love%20Paris%20MPn%20D.mp4?dl=0