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!
CLICK HERE to listen to part 1 of our podcast episode with Sonya Bevan
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