About the class:
The effectiveness of reinforcers is essential to training. So, how do we assess how effective a reinforcer is? We’ll explore:D
- Different ways we assess reinforcers, such as preference tests and progressive ratio schedules;
- Reinforcers that have been established in scientific research for dogs and how we might use them, and
- Factors that can influence the efficacy of a given reinforcer, such as magnitude and delay.
Dr. Erica Feuerbacher Bio
Dr. Feuerbacher is an Assistant Professor in Animal & Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech and director of the Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare Lab, where she works with dogs and horses. She also coordinates the online Master’s program in Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare at Virginia Tech. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Florida in the UF Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab and her Master’s in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas in the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals. She is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviourist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Her research and publications focus on understanding domestic animal behavior and learning from a behavior analytic perspective, using applied behavior analysis to solve behavioural issues in dogs and horses, and identifying interventions that improve shelter dog welfare. She is passionate about humane, effective animal training, and working with owners, trainers, and shelter staff to improve our interactions with animals.