About the class:
We are so pumped to have recent ATA podcast guest – The amazing Sonya Bevan from Dog Charming (Western Australia) – join us for the last ATA live web-class of 2020! Sonya has been creating and sharing dog training videos for nearly a decade with close to 150 publicly available offerings on her popular YouTube channel >>> https://www.youtube.com/user/Zurison/videos
And for our 2020 Christmas special – Sonya has picked 10 of her all time favourites to share & help provide opportunities to discuss fundamental ingredients of effective & ethical animal training practices! Here’s what we’ll cover (list may vary slightly on the actual day) ⬇️
- Measuring for a muzzle
- Tolerating vs enjoying (being an active participant)
- The journey is more important – than simply the end product.
- Wearing a cone of shame and trying to get it off
- Using a previously well-learnt behaviour “wait” to prevent “panic”
- Teaching to use a sling prior to amputation
- Teaching to resist pressure rather than yield to it
- To reduce the stress of introducing a new object at a time that is already stressful, for rehab, toileting, mobility and prevent injury
- Casting Prosthetic Preparation
- The myriad of things to prepare for and creative ways or preparing.
- Example of adding saw (novel stimulus not prepared for yet) – history of novel stimuli may have contributed to the resilience.
- Using Prosthetic
- Antecedent arrangement: decking for acoustic feedback for both of us
- Decking also provides indication of intensity re sound.
- Walking “back” without prosthetic and with prosthetic
- Moral of the story “there’s always a reason”, especially if a dog doesn’t attend to cues. This is an obvious example, they aren’t always so obvious.
- Eating as an operant behaviour (1 or 2 videos)
- Bring collar
- Training as a gateway to communication. To gain access to reinforcement without the SD/cue? The Jeopardy of training!
- Teaching steps/ramp
- Before amputation
- Antecedent arrangement to prevent alternative behaviours
- Rationale for using steps vs ramp (going against the flow for the individual)
- Adding second person
- Training for more than you will need
About Sonya Bevan
Sonya Bevan is an avid dog lover with a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy. This combination lead to seeking science based information on how to teach dogs and she completed a Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology (with distinction) through the Companion Animals Science Institute. Sonya works as a behaviour consultant in her business, Dog Charming. She has been a university facilitator for vet students in animal behaviour for the past 5 years.
She believes that dog and animal training is both a science and an art. When based on solid principles of applied behaviour analysis, teaching also allows creativity when applied to each unique learner. And fun. Training should be fun!